Inside the Muslim Republic of Tower Hamlets, Police officers stationed outside a polling station called reinforcements in today after a candidate said that he had been threatened by activists from rival parties.
Chris Smith who is standing for the Greens in the London Assembly elections, said that one activist threatened to "punch his lights out" when he complained about the crowd handing out Respect and Labour leaflets, Off Brick Lane.
Officers were today guarding polling stations across Tower Hamlets after the Met launched a formal investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in the borough. Police were called in after reports of Muslim and Leftist voter intimidation outside polling stations at previous elections.
It was feared today that Muslim and Leftist activists were “harassing” potential voters. Mr Smith said: “I came down here at about 10am and there were at least 20 Labour and Respect activists handing out leaflets just outside. Election rules state very clearly that each party is only allowed one teller outside each polling station, the rest must be a safe distance away.
“I complained to the official inside and when I came back out the Respect guy started mouthing off to me. When I told him what they were doing is not allowed, he threatened to punch my lights out.
“It’s amazing that this is still going on around here. The groups that gather outside are very intimidating. With all the problems we’ve had in Tower Hamlets this is the last thing we need.”
Mr Smith said he was too frightened to stay at the polling station. “It’s not right that people are being harassed,” he said.
Caroline Kerswell, the Tory candidate in the Weaver ward’s by-election, witnessed the altercation. She said: “We were standing here discussing electoral rules with them, then one guy threatened to punch his lights out.
“They’ve been here since early in the morning and they’re very intimidating. People coming to vote are nervous. We want a clean election in Tower Hamlets because of the reports of corruption.”
It came as the chair of the Electoral Commission today called for photo ID to be demanded at all polling stations in a bid to stop voter fraud. Jenny Watson urged the Government to change the law to “help us all be sure our voting system is safe”.
She said: “There is more the Government can do to help us all be sure our voting system is safe. The Electoral Commission wants to see our registration system tightened up and it’s good that the Government plans to introduce new laws to do this which will apply to any of us who want to vote by post before the 2015 General Election.
We think it is also time to have a proper debate about whether we all need to show photo ID at polling stations.”
There were fears that voter fraud in Tower Hamlets could influence the result of today’s mayoral election. The Met is investigating claims that a by-election earlier this month in the Banglatown and Spitalfields ward was rigged — giving victory to Gulam Robbani, an independent candidate backed by the borough’s corrupt Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman. Turnout in the by-election was nearly double that of the previous election in the ward — 31 per cent to 17 per cent.
Residents said campaigners had been knocking on doors and collecting ballot papers, offering to post the vote. Mr Robbani won the election by just 43 votes.
Voters today expressed shock at the presence of police outside stations. Jason Caffrey, 41, said: “I was surprised when I came out to see a van full of officers outside. Corrupt practice in elections damages trust and while there’s no smoke without fire it’s hard to know exactly how high the flames are.”
Reports are coming in that female voters who are not wearing Muslim head scarves are being threatened at polling stations in East London.
Last year an MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Mike Freer's life was put in danger whilst visiting a London mosque, when demented Muslims stormed into the mosque calling him a "Jewish Homosexual pig", they gave chase and he escaped by barricading himself behind a door until the police arrived. Along with the continuous voter fraud, Muslim violence against women, Gay people and non Muslims in Tower Hamlets it is just one of the many, now normal, cases popping up all over London and the rest of England, the question is, when will it end?
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