Electoral Commission statement on Government response to Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud

Commenting on electoral fraud

Commenting on the UK Government's response to Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud, Claire Bassett, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission said:

We welcome today’s full and considered response from the Government and the announcement of its intention to pilot measures to increase security at polling stations. Having undertaken detailed work, the Commission’s view is that the use of photographic ID is the most effective proof against personation; however, we look forward to working with the Government and other partners to further explore the options, in order to ensure voter confidence in the system.

Extra notes

Notes to editors:

  • The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Our aim is integrity and public confidence in the UK's democratic process. We regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections and are responsible for the conduct and regulation of referendums held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (2000).