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General election 2010: barred voters demand rerun

Posted by seumasach on May 10, 2010

Daily Star

10th May, 2010

VOTERS in Britain’s 20 constituencies rocked by polling day chaos could be forced to cast their ballot again.

And the unprecedented action could see David Cameron’s Tories winning even more seats.

Concerns are mounting after thousands of people were stopped from voting, and there have also been suspected cases of fraud.

Police are probing dozens of complaints with claims that electoral lists included bogus voters after shambolic scenes last Thursday.

Thousands of people at 20 seats across the country were denied their right to vote and turned away.

Some polling stations ran out of ballot papers while others were overwhelmed by numbers of voters.

David Monks, the country’s most senior returning officer, said those affected can now demand re-runs.

Eight of the seats were marginal and could go either way in a re-run.

Experts believe fresh elections could hand at least two extra seats to the Tories. That could prove crucial in edging Cameron closer to being able to form a government without the help of the Liberal Democrats.

Party agents are now preparing legal challenges in the High Court. Mr Monks, election boss for Britain’s local authorities, said: “Candidates and voters can serve an election petition to try to force a rerun of the contest.”

Human Rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson says those denied their vote could get £750 compensation.

Meanwhile, police last night said they had made arrests as they probe 28 serious fraud allegations.

Most centre around hotly-contested constituencies and complaints include a flood of dodgy postal votes in marginals including Tower Hamlets in east London, where 5,000 people were added to the electoral list days before voting.

In another case, investigators found 27 voters had been registered as living in a flat above a shop.

Police are examining fraud claims in West Yorks, Cleveland, Cambs, Essex, Gwent, Lancs, Norfolk, South Yorks, Surrey and Warks

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