Cyber Attack fear grips next British General Elections

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Cyber Attack fear seems to have gripped British local elections and this is evident from the latest directives issued by the Britain’s Election Commission. As a part of the new stipulations, England Voters will now have to show their ID cards to receive ballot paper in the next England’s general elections which are to be held in 2020.

Britain has decided to launch a trial scheme in 2018 local elections in order to crack down on any type of fraud. And as a part of this scheme, voters should show passports or utility bills to get the ballot paper.

England’s Electoral Commission has judged some areas to be at the highest risk of vote rigging and so has decided to go with the event on a manual note. This includes Tower Hamlets in East London, where former Mayor Lutfur Rahman was pulled out from his post due to voting fraud allegations.

Britain is also planning to extend the same practice nationwide if its watchdog proposes, based on the political circumstances prevailing during 2020 general elections.

As per our sources, Britain’s Watchdog has identified 16 areas, many of whom are home for Asian Communities. As these areas have been labeled as sensitive the ID checking pilot scheme will be strictly implemented in these regions.

And according to a report published in popular UK media resource Daily Mail, the Electoral Commission has also added that areas having Pakistani and Bangladeshi populace will be specifically put on red alert. 

Those who do not have passports can also submit their driving licenses. A signature check will be ensured before the ballot paper is handed over to the voter.

Britain’s Election commission has also decided to put a check on postal vote harvesting. Therefore, in the 2018 local elections, political campaigners, and their followers will not be allowed to handle postal ballots.

Maybe the government is lining up all these strict policies after reviewing the recently concluded US 2016 Elections.

Although, there is no sign of any specific fraud in those elections, many sources from US White House hint that the poll results were widely influenced by Russia in favor of the new US President Donald Trump.

For this reason, England’s Election Commission is leaving no stone unturned to secure the upcoming general elections which are just 3 years away from now.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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