The forthcoming election for mayor of Tower Hamlets LBC will have “some of the most robust anti-fraud measures ever used in the UK”, the council has claimed.
Police will be present at every polling station when the election to replace the deposed Lutfur Rahman takes place on 11 June. They will prevent groups of supporters from congregating around polling stations and obstructing voters.
LGC reported last month that the council’s returning officer John Williams had set up a joint training operation with police and council officers.
In a statement released on Thursday, two weeks ahead of the election, the council said it had also been working with the Electoral Commission “to develop an approach that will tackle fraudulent activity throughout the election process”.
A dedicated email address has been set up for candidates and agents to report concerns about voting fraud and the council has committed to investigating fraud allegations reported to the returning officer within 24 hours. If the returning officer passes an allegation to the police they will respond within 48 hours.
In addition polling officers will have extra training on how to challenge voters and all late registration and absent vote applications will be verified against other council records.
Mr Williams said: “We are building on lessons learned from previous elections to deliver a free and fair election on June 11.
“The general election this month was delivered smoothly and in line with expectations by the police, the Electoral Commission and the council. We will work together again to ensure that the June election is equally well run.”
Ten candidates will contest the mayoralty and seven will contest a by-election for Mr Rahman’s former council seat in the Stepney Green ward.