A crackdown on people who submit false information or fail to complete voter registration forms has been launched b...
A crackdown on people who submit false information or fail to complete voter registration forms has been launched by Peterborough City Council as it prepares for the local elections on Thursday (4 May). Similar action is being taken by other local authorities across the country.
The city council's electoral services and legal teams have undertaken extensive research and are now preparing to launch court prosecutions against people who are contravening election law. Anyone found guilty of an offence related to accuracy of information on the electoral register can face a fine of up to£1,000.
Electoral services officer Matthew Hillier said: 'It is a criminal offence for eligible people not to register to vote or for people to register using false information. This is clearly explained in voter registration forms that are issued to every household each autumn.
'This is an extremely important law because it provides the basis for a truly free democratic process. Council officers will continue to review information held on the register of electors and will continue to prosecute where necessary in the future.'