The investigation was prompted after the scandal in Tower Hamlets, London, where the mayor was removed from office after it was discovered that he committed corrupt electoral practices. Among these practices was vote rigging, something that Americans are being warned about by Donald Trump.
Sir Eric said that Rahman had used religion to push Muslims into backing him. Sir Eric said that never again in Britain should people be told that they will “burn in hell” if they do not back a particular candidate.
Sir Eric also sharply criticises the Metropolitan Police for failing to follow up the election court’s ruling with any criminal charges.
He says that the force’s inaction “sends a worrying signal that the police are soft on tackling and prosecuting electoral fraud, when faced with competing operational demands”.
Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Eric says that following his investigation, he now believes “electoral malpractice is far more common than just one isolated London borough thanks to the state’s collective state of denial”.
He adds: “We should never be frightened to look under the rock when what is crawling underneath threatens us all. It is time to take action to take on the electoral crooks and defend Britain’s free and fair elections.”
In what would be a major shake-up of Britain’s voting rules, Sir Eric calls on Mrs May to create new rules requiring people to have identification when they vote.
To stop cases of fraud, Sir Eric, who says that there were 665 alleged cases of electoral fraud last year, says that voters should “have to produce personal identification before voting at polling stations”.
He says that a driving licence, passport or utility bill would have to be shown in order for someone to vote.
American politicians have been recommending that last bit for years, and we all know how that turned out. Apparently it's racist to ask an American citizen to prove they're American. The logic behind it is anybody's guess. If what's happening in the UK can serve as anything for observers, let it serve as a cautionary tale, showing that it's a slippery slope.
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