Two Lib Dems 'arrested' over electoral fraud

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Two Liberal Democrats have been arrested by police over allegations of electoral fraud in Birmingham.

According to the BBC, Zaker Choudhry, a city councillor in the Bordesley Green ward of Birmingham and Mohammed Saeed, a candidate for election, were arrested and then suspended from the party.

West Midlands police confirmed that two men, one aged 42 and the other aged 52, were arrested yesterday at two addresses in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

Both were arrested on suspicion of electoral fraud and they have been bailed pending further enquiries.

This latest postal fraud scandal in the wards of Birmingham adds to the problem of voter confidence already existent in the region.

Figures seen by the BBC suggest that 20,000 people have dropped off the postal votes register in Birmingham wards after Aston and Bordesley Green were at the centre of separate fraud allegations three years ago.

In March this year the three main political parties signed a new code of conduct aimed at improving the integrity of the postal voting system.

In the 2005 general election, 12.1 per cent of the UK electorate voted by post, but 46 per cent of people considered it to be unsafe.

Candidates and canvassers were warned in the new guidance not to handle or help postal voters complete their ballots or to encourage voters to post or deliver ballot papers themselves

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