Isn’t It Time International Observers Oversaw Our Elections?

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While Lutfur Rahman’s enemies cheered at the High Court ruling that barred him from office for electoral fraud and the arcane charge of ‘spiritual influence’, two stories of possible electoral malfeasance appeared in the last few days.

The first was an apparent printing error that omitted the names of the Labour and Green Parties but included a candidate who claims to represent the long-defunct Social Democratic Party.

The BBC reports:

More than 480 postal ballot papers have been sent out without the names of the Green and Labour Party candidates.

Labour’s Karl Turner and the Green Party’s Sarah Walpole were not on the list for the Hull East constituency.

In a separate story, 200,000 ballot papers mysteriously vanished en route to the Hastings and Rye constituency.

The Independent reports:

More than 200,000 ballot papers have gone missing after a van containing them was stolen by thieves ahead of next week’s…

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