Electoral fraud: voters must have confidence in the democratic process
Chief officers have responded to a review by Sir Eric Pickles MP on electoral fraud. Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann supported the review, which was commissioned last year by former Prime Minister David Cameron MP, and gave evidence to the inquiry team.
National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead on Electoral Malpractice and Electoral Fraud, Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann said:
“Electoral fraud is a criminal offence which the police take extremely seriously. While proven cases are relatively rare, it is important that voters have confidence in the democratic process.
“We work closely with partners - including the Electoral Commission, Crown Prosecution Service, political parties and local authorities - to detect crimes and prevent them from occurring. Every police force has an election SPOC (Specific Point of Contact) and the College of Policing published new Authorised Professional Practice on policing elections in 2014. This is updated on a regular basis.
“We will study the findings and recommendations in today’s report carefully.”