Electoral Commission is slammed as No. 10 draws up rules to tackle ‘wokeness’ in voter fraud
- No. 10 called for Electoral Commission to tackle ‘family’ and ‘community voting’
- Practices deprive women of their democratic rights, according to government
- Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark called for fairness over ‘woke sensibilities’
- Watchdog said it plays ‘an independent role’ and that last election was ‘well run’
Downing Street launched a broadside at the Electoral Commission yesterday as it announced rules to tackle ‘wokeness’ in voter fraud.
The Government highlighted concerns that the agency has ‘turned a blind eye’ to ‘difficult’ types of electoral fraud due to ‘woke’ and politically correct sensitivities.
No. 10 said ‘family voting’ and ‘community voting’ inside polling stations where men, predominantly, tell their wives how to cast their ballot was depriving women of their democratic rights.
The government said ‘family voting’ and ‘community voting’ inside polling stations where men, predominantly, tell their wives how to cast their ballot was depriving women of their democratic rights
It said it will tell the Electoral Commission to tackle voter fraud more seriously and protect the secrecy of the ballot inside polling stations.
Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark said: ‘It’s completely unacceptable for anyone’s vote to be watched or pressured inside a polling station.
‘The law must be applied equally and fairly to everyone, even if that offends “woke” sensibilities.
‘Tories will defend the rights of women.’
Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark, pictured with Tory leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak. Mr Clark has said that it is ‘completely unacceptable for anyone’s vote to be watched or pressured inside a polling station’
But the Electoral Commission said the introduction of a policy statement was ‘inconsistent with the role an independent electoral commission plays in a democratic system’.
A spokesman said: ‘The Electoral Commission and the UK Government have a shared understanding of the absolute right to vote in secret set out in UK electoral law.
‘The most recent elections were well run and additional steps were taken to support voters to cast their vote in secret. However, we will engage fully with the consultation process and publish our response in due course.’
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