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ELECTIONS 2004: POSTAL VOTING PROPOSALS WELCOME

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Commenting on the publication of the ODPM Select Committee report into postal voting*, Eric Pickles, shadow secreta...
Commenting on the publication of the ODPM Select Committee report into postal voting*, Eric Pickles, shadow secretary of state for local government, said: 'Conservatives have consistently been calling for changes to the law to safeguard the secrecy of individual votes before all-postal voting is used on a widespread scale. We welcome the proposals in this report and call on the government to give Parliamentary time to introduce legislation to enact them.'

He added: 'However since the report recommends the government does not carry out anymore pilots after June until it has addressed whether to change the voter registration system, this calls into question the government's plan for all-postal ballots in the regional assembly referendums this autumn.'

* See LGCnet.
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