Proposed radical measures to tackle the issue of vote rigging in Muslim communities must be introduced as a matter of urgency, said West Midlands MEP James Carver today.
The call for changes to be implemented are contained in a hard hitting report by Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles who was tasked with probing electoral fraud following a voting scandal in London’s Tower Hamlets.
“He has said that the ‘integrity of democracy’ is at stake which is a chilling warning - and it must not be ignored,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“I agree with his recommendations that voters should have to produce ID, ending the right to permanent postal votes and tougher sentences for fraud.
“It used to be that only those with genuine reasons for not being able to get to a polling station such as being in the Armed Forces or suffering disability could have a postal vote. Now anyone can have one and it has thrown wide the opportunity for fraud.
“That applies across the board, not just in ethnic communities, but in the latter we cannot allow the situation where the police and local authorities fail to get involved investigating electoral fraud allegations because of politically correct over-sensitivities,” said Mr Carver.
“More than a decade ago a judge found evidence of voting fraud in Birmingham that he said would ‘disgrace a banana republic’ and some concerns still linger.
“Sir Eric has produced his report and it must be acted upon and not left to gather dust on a shelf,” he added.