Electoral Fraud Claims Over the last 10years

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Dear Slough Borough Council,
Corporate Complaints Department
Freedom of Information Request 2000
I would like to know how many complaints of Electoral Fraud have been made to SBC
I would like to see details of these claims and what actions where taken to deal with the complaints
And what mechanism now exists to deal with such claims ?
Thanks

Yours faithfully,

Rob Phillips

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Mr Phillips

Please find below and attached the response to your FOI request.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Dear Mr Phillips

Complaints of Electoral Fraud.

There have been two court convictions for electoral fraud in the Slough
area in the last 10 years.

2007 – Election Petition brought by, Ms Lydia Simmons (labour candidate),
challenging the election of Mr Eshaq Khan (conservative candidate)  to SBC
at the election held on 3rd May 2007. The Respondent Mr Eshaq Khan (both
by himself and by his agents) was found guilty of the corrupt practice of
personation, corrupt  and illegal practices.

It was also found that there were corrupt and illegal practices for the
purpose of promoting or procuring the election of the Respondent and that
they may have affected the result of the election.  Consequently the
election of Mr Eshaq Khan  was declared to have been avoided by such
corrupt or illegal practice.

2015 - Steven Gillingwater, a former UKIP agent admitted  two counts of
causing or permitting a false statement to appear in a nomination paper
for SBC (2015 Local Borough Elections)  Mr Gillingwater pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment for each offence at Slough
Magistrates' Court, to be served concurrently, suspended for 12 months.

There is an agreed mechanism in place with candidates and agents in the
lead up to an election to deal with any complaints and  allegations of
electoral fraud. We ask candidates and agents to  sign up to an SBC Local
Integrity Protocol (attached) – this sets out in detail how matters of
concern should be raised and handled.  The Council also undertakes a
number of other measures to increase  electoral registration and minimise
electoral fraud which include additional publicity about registering to
vote and a whole Borough canvass.

I trust that this provides the information in response to your request.

 

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Brian Sanders left an annotation ()

The requester asked for the number of complaints of electoral fraud and the detail of these complaints - the requester did not ask for the number of convictions.

Dear _Freedom of Information,

Just to clarify the question I shall repeat

Dear Slough Borough Council,
Corporate Complaints Department
Freedom of Information Request 2000
I would like to know how many complaints of Electoral Fraud have been made to SBC
I would like to see details of these claims and what actions where taken to deal with the complaints

I did not mention anything about Convictions
Please read the enquiry and come up with a suitable reply

Yours sincerely,

Rob Phillips

Janik2 left an annotation ()

I write with authoritative knowledge of election fraud at Slough Unitary Authority, the council's formal name since 1998 when it acquired the powers and responsibilities of both a District Council and a County Council.

The council has always ignored complaints of electoral fraud. So the misleading statement from an anonymous council spokesman is designed to fool the public and to conceal the real facts about sleazy Slough where Labour do election frauds better than the Tories.

In circa 2003 or 2004 an old lady, now dead, who lived at the council bungalow at 27 or 29 Manfield Close, Britwell, (if 27 the lady's name was Lillian Hall) told me the same date her postal vote arrived, a man from the Labour Party arrived, forced his way into her small bungalow and refused to leave until she had cast her vote for the Labour candidate and gave him her completed ballot paper.

I did not believe her. She pleaded with me again and again. I kept thinking she must be deluded because it was too fantastic. Things like that do not happen - not in these modern times and not here in England.

I can not remember whether it was during the same election or a subsequent one, but in Wexham I again encountered the same allegation from several different voters.

I continue deeply regretting not believing the lady. I was a novice unprepared for the putrefying stench of sleaze and corruption that the Labour Party inflicted on Slough - corruption which pervaded many of the council's activities. Meanwhile the police were sleeping on the job - totally disinterested in what happened at the council.

One Britwell election in 2004 or 2005 ?, voters went to polling stations to vote and were turned away. They were told they had a postal vote. People were stunned because none of them had applied for a postal vote. Councillors, including me, complained to the council's Director of Law, solicitor Steven Quayle. He refused to let any councillor see the postal vote application forms. Meanwhile an unknown quantity of Britwell voters had no vote. What was also worrying is the council had no procedure to identify whether or not those missing postal votes had been used by fraudsters - but this is typical sleazy Slough.

Being a computer person I wrote a programme for a political party which instantly detected duplicate and triplicate electoral registrations. Finding many I complained to the council's elections manager Roy Box. He repeatedly told me I was being unfair and people had a Right to vote. He also said the council could do nothing about the same people being registered for votes at multiple different addresses.

I can not remember which year it was, but my story was reproduced in modified form on the Slough Observer's front page. An Asian friend complained to me a Labour candidate's father was visiting all the Asian voters and asking them for their uncompleted postal vote or their polling card. The father allegedly said to the trusting Asian voters that the voting procedure was very complicated, so if the unsuspecting voter told the father who they wanted to vote for, the father would do it for them.

I complained to Steven Quayle who said it was nothing to do with the council and I should complain to the police. I complained to both local newspapers and the SLOB printed a watered-down version of the story. At the time Thames Valley Police were not interested. They were not interested in £3,000 a time council frauds either !

In 2007 a bunch of Asian Tories did the Central ward election fraud. The entire civil election petition judgement in on my web site: http://law.slough.info/law41/law41.php

The same group also did the Chalvey election fraud at the same time. From memory (without consulting the records) 96 dodgy voters (non-existent) were discovered by Labour. As Labour won the seat they were not jumping up and down demanding a High Court election petition, but they gave all the paperwork to Steven Quayle in a formal written complaint.

Despite the High Court sitting daily in the council's council chamber, Steven Quayle never mentioned the Chalvey voting fraud to the Election Commissioner (the judge to most people) (source: the judge himself in writing) hearing the Central Ward fraud case. Steven Quayle did absolutely nothing for more than 6 months with the evidence of the Chalvey voting fraud, then golly gosh what a tragedy - his own council staff had "accidentally" destroyed all the records despite Steven Quayle being made by Act of Parliament to keep all the records for at least one year.

Well, it is sleazy Slough.

The Labour Party kept a copy of their Chalvey complaint at their then 29 Church Street headquarters but when I visited to inspect it, all the paperwork has vanished. Some say Labour did a deal with the Tories after completed voting papers (ballet forms) were found in a road in Colnbrook.

A Tory councillor living in Surrey, registered for a second vote at his business premises in Slough. I complained. Steven Quayle, also the Returning Officer, did nothing, so I looked up the law and made a legal complaint. At a hearing I, single handedly, presented a legal case against the councillor. I won and he was struck-off the Slough electoral register. Why did I, a member of the public, had to conduct a legal case (I'm not a lawyer) to stop what appeared to me to be electoral fraud ?

A more recent case was the non-legally trained ex-prison guard who was appointed the Returning Officer by now sacked (with a massive pay-off) former chief executive Ruth Bagley, At a British Parish election Polish voters, and presumably other EU citizens (excluding the UK and Eire) were unlawfully prevented from voting. Again the council did nothing - documents were retrospectively forged but it is Slough !

So the short answer is the council just does not want to know. Nothing to do with them.

As for the Steven Gillingwater case, the form he filled-in contained so many crossed-out entries (resembling a 4 year old's scribblings) the council was negligent in accepting it. The complaint to the police was made by a UKIP person who loathed Mr Gillingwater. There are good legal arguments why the Gillingwater verdict was wrong, but this is supposed to be a shortish note.

Paul Janik.

Janik2 left an annotation ()

> I would like to know how many complaints of Electoral Fraud have been made to SBC

If the council tells the complainant it is nothing to do with the council, then the council might argue that it was not a complaint because the public can't complain to the council because the council is not responsible in law for accepting complaints about electoral frauds.

Therefore no one has actually made a formal complaint to the council about election fraud. As no evidence exists of the council ever formally receiving a single electoral fraud complaint, electoral fraud does not happen in Slough.

Don't forget England's (also applies to Scotland and Wales) election laws are about 300 years old. The Law Commission is currently working on new electoral laws.

P.S. Labour's Chalvey ward electoral fraud complaint is not yet 10 years old, so that should show-up in the council's answer - I wonder if it does or whether it has been swept under the already lumpy council carpets !

I'm getting sick and tired of the stalling tactics
Being employed by the Council
My own belief is that after carrying out renovations to the elderly residents property of Slough whilst they were still residing at the various properties.
They were successful in bringing to a close Many infirm and elderly residents have now died as a result of the air contamination and potential lethal Asbestos dust for the chasing in of electrical wiring many people I know have died
Before their time.
However with so many properties coming vacant appears to offer corrupt officials the opportunity to replace the older residents whit new
Compliant and Ghost tenants who only use the property to get a benefit payment like 77 Stratfield Road Slough The property has remained unoccupied now For 15 years or more
This I'm sure is just the tip of the Fraud iceberg.
The Council bullies have tried to discredit me and still try to undermine any efforts by me to stay at my Grandmothers Flat
Despite me qualifiying for Succession And being an unregistered carer. They continue to ignore the absentee resident.claims These properties are a security risk and lend themselves to Electoral abuse by corrupt officials of either political party to massage the voting balance of the particular ward this must be an alternative method to the ones you have made me aware of in addition the the ones you have mentioned in the annotation
I think I will have to make Sir Eric Pickles aware of this abuse of the housing system for Electoral Fraud pursposes
It just seems every local government that Has a Safe Labour
Seat seems to suffer the same type of corruption just look at
Recent events in Tower Hamlets
It must be a wake up call to National Government to make the local Government answerable to a new anti Fraud agency directly with responsibility for municipal corruption
And this time with teeth to be able to implement special measures to wipe this type of corruption out once and for all.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Phillips

Meek Catherine, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Mr Philips

 

I am sorry you felt that that my reply to your FOI did not reply to the
matters you raised.

 

You ask about complaints made to the Council of electoral fraud.
Complaints of electoral fraud are invariably criminal matters and as such
are referred to the Police and or the Council's Returning Officer.  They
are not ordinarily referred to the Council as a local authority.

 

The Returning Officer is not subject to FOI, however, in the interests of
transparency I am happy to reply to your request with what ever
information I hold or have available to me.  I was appointed as the
Returning Officer in August 2015.

 

Therefore, with regard to allegations of potential electoral fraud since
my appointment as Returning Officer (August 2015):

 

1.            Allegation that campaign material contained no imprint. 
Returning Officer advised that no offence had been committed

 

2.            Allegation that campaign material was false and prejudicial.
Referred to police, no offence had been committed

 

3.            Allegation that ballot papers had been 'collected' from a
postal voter.  Referred to Police, no further action

 

4.            Allegation that political information was included in postal
vote documentation. Referred to Police, no further action.

 

There is an agreed mechanism in place with candidates and agents in the 
lead up to an election to deal with any complaints and  allegations of 
electoral fraud. We ask candidates and agents to  sign up to an SBC Local
Integrity Protocol (attached) – this sets out in detail how matters of 
concern should be raised and handled.  The Council also undertakes a 
number of other measures to increase  electoral registration and minimise 
electoral fraud which include additional publicity about registering to 
vote and a whole Borough canvass.

 

In relation to any allegations/complaints prior to my appointment at the
Returning Officer, I am unable to comment, as the appointment is a
personal one.

 

There have been two court convictions for electoral fraud in the Slough 
area in the last 10 years:

 

1.            2007 – Election Petition brought by, Ms Lydia Simmons
(labour candidate),  challenging the election of Mr Eshaq Khan
(conservative candidate)  to SBC  at the election held on 3rd May 2007.
The Respondent Mr Eshaq Khan (both  by himself and by his agents) was
found guilty of the corrupt practice of  personation, corrupt  and illegal
practices.

 

It was also found that there were corrupt and illegal practices for the 
purpose of promoting or procuring the election of the Respondent and that 
they may have affected the result of the election.  Consequently the
election of Mr Eshaq Khan was declared to have been avoided by such 
corrupt or illegal practice.

 

2.            2015 - Steven Gillingwater, a former UKIP agent admitted 
two counts of  causing or permitting a false statement to appear in a
nomination paper  for SBC (2015 Local Borough Elections)  Mr Gillingwater
pleaded guilty and  was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment for each
offence at Slough  Magistrates' Court, to be served concurrently,
suspended for 12 months.

 

I trust that this provides the information in response to your request.

 

 

Regards

 

 

Catherine Meek

Returning Officer

Slough Borough Council

St Martins Place

51 Bath Road

Slough

SL1 3UF

 

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