Britain could be the first western democracy to face monitoring over vote-rigging and electoral fraud, Guardian Unlimited has learned.
A European human rights watchdog is considering plans to scrutinise the UK’s council and regional government elections this May following concerns over vote tampering and postal ballots.
The move would prove highly embarrassing for Tony Blair’s government, since the majority of countries already monitored are fledgling democracies from the former eastern block.
Despite the protestations of the elections minister, Bridget Prentice, a delegation from the Council of Europe* visited London last week following concerns that vote tampering was undermining UK democracy.
Via Political Betting.com, who have a good article and innumerable comments on the subject. As Political Betting comment, What a finale for the final days of Tony Blair
*Not the EU, I’d emphasise.