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PHOTO ID CALL TO BATTLE BALLOT FRAID

12-05-2010

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Defeated parliamentary candidate Ayoub Khan is launching a campaign to clean up the voting system by demanding photo ID at the polling booth.

Khan - a Liberal Democrat Cabinet member on Birmingham Council who lost out in his bid to win the Ladywood parliamentary seat – believes that personation and postal voting fraud were still rife in the inner city at last Thursday's elections.

“People ought to have confidence in the electoral system – and I don’t” he said.

“At the moment you can just turn up at a polling station and give a name and address – but those details are available at every public library.

“If you had a team of 100 people of different ethnic backgrounds working the ballot boxes, you could steal thousands of votes.

“The only way you could be 100% certain of stopping that is by having CCTV at every polling station to check exactly what happened if there are any allegations malpractice.

“That’s not going to happen, but I can’t see why people can’t be asked to show photo ID – either a driving licence or a passport”.

He was echoing comments made yesterday by Lib Dem MP John Hemming who said he had “personal problems” with Labour because of their alleged electoral “gangsterism”.

But Khan emphasised that he doesn’t believe this was responsible for his decisive defeat in Ladywood by Labour’s Shabana Mahmood.

“I accept defeat,” he said. “I didn’t get the 13,000 target I set myself”.

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