Election Fraud Investigation
Ealing's taking 'every precaution to ensure integrity of election'
The Metropolitan Police is investigating a number of allegations of election irregularities including one case in Ealing.
It's been reported that Police are looking into up to 50 claims across the country amid fears that bogus names have been used to apply for postal votes.
28 allegations have been made in London alone - four cases are being investigated in Tower Hamlets and one in Ealing - a further 23 more are being "assessed".
Barking and Dagenham, Lambeth, Westminster, Enfield, Hounslow, Haringey, Ealing, Brent, Bexleyheath, Camden and Redbridge are among the London boroughs under scrutiny.
According to the Daily Mail, concerns have also been raised with officers in Yorkshire and Derby.
Local authorities reported a surge in the number of applications for postal votes close to the April 20 deadline.
Thursday's General Election could be the closest in nearly two decades, prompting concerns that electoral fraud in marginal seats could affect the result.
A spokesman for Ealing Council said: "We have robust registration processes in place and take every precaution to ensure the integrity of the election. It would be inappropriate for the council to comment on a police investigation.
Like all councils we will continue to liaise with the police to ensure the elections run smoothly."
May 4, 2010