Preparations are well underway for this May’s elections, when local people will be heading to the polls to vote for the borough’s Mayor and representatives on Tower Hamlets Council.
And now the council, together with the local and other Metropolitan Police departments, has launched a new web reporting tool to enable people to raise any concerns they might have about possible electoral fraud.
The form is available on our website and, once completed, concerns raised are sent straight through to the Returning Officer, Elections Team and Police teams.
They will investigate and take appropriate action based on the information received.
Chief Executive at the council and Returning Officer for the Elections, Will Tuckley, said:
“We are already working hard to ensure that this May’s elections run smoothly.
“We have robust processes in place to ensure people can cast their votes safely and securely, such as police officers at all polling places on elections day, additional checks to the electoral register and visits to check properties home to more than 5 electors.
“This new reporting tool adds to these measures and I hope that it will reassure local people that we are taking any suggestion of electoral malpractice very seriously. If it is reported, it will be investigated and the appropriate next steps taken.”
Electoral fraud covers a range of offences including bribery, making false statements, undue influence and personation – where someone votes in an election pretending to be someone else.
There are also strict rules around campaign material or publicity in the run up to an election.
For more information about electoral offences, visit the Electoral Commission's website.
You can raise any concerns with the council and Police via a simple online form in the Report It and Elections sections of the website.
Alternatively you can contact the police directly by email SETelections@met.police.uk, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 and they will pass the information on to Tower Hamlets Police.
Posted on Tuesday 20th February 2018