Tony Greenstein | 16 September 2016 | Post Views:

Reform Society and Electoral Reform Services – Don’t Preside Over a Rigged and Corrupt Ballot
Tom Watson – Deputy Leader giving McNicol his instructions
The Electoral Reform
Services [ERSv] are the independent company who are conducting the current
Labour Party leadership election.  On
their web site they boast of over 100 years experience in conducting elections.
ERSv were set up by the Electoral Reform Society [ERS] which describes itself
as ‘the world’s oldest pro-democracy
organisation.’  Although operationally independent from the Electoral
Reform Services [ERSv] the ERS has extremely close ties to them.  By its own admission, the ERSv are ‘the Electoral Reform Society’s main funding source in the form of an
annual dividend’.  
Crook-in-chief Gen. Sec. Iain McNicol is doing his best to swing election 4 Owen Smith
ERSv are responsible for conducting the current Labour Party leadership
election.  They make claim to the ‘robustness
and security awareness’
of their systems.  Amongst the services that the
ERSv provide is an independent scrutineer’s
  They have been appointed as an Independent
Scrutineer under Chapter 4, Clause 2 (c)(iii) of Labour Party Rules 2016.  The ERSv claim that ‘This
report ensures that your results are beyond question, accepted by all concerned
The current Labour Party
elections are unique in the history of elections in this country.  Never before has there been an open and
determined attempt by staff and Executive members of a party to disqualify
thousands of the electorate from voting during the actual election itself. 
Labour Party General
Secretary, Iain McNicol and some members of the National Executive are openly trying
to secure the victory of one candidate, Owen Smith, by disqualifying a section
of the electorate who support Jeremy Corbyn.
John Stolliday – in charge of Compliance Unit – doing his best to purge Labour Party electoral roll of Corbyn supporters
We understand from Labour
Party staff themselves that despite the ERSv’s claims concerning the secure
nature of the voting system, that votes which have already been cast by purged
and suspended members will be fished out of the ballot box. 
We call on the Electoral
Reform Society to recognise that its own reputation will inevitably be damaged
by its continued association with a rigged ballot.  In particular it should use its influence to
ensure that the ERSv, in its role as Independent Scrutineer, prevents any further
attempt by Labour Party officials to influence the outcome of the Labour Party
leadership election.  Further they should
ensure that the vote is secret and that once someone has voted, their vote cannot
be annulled or otherwise tampered with.
In the event that Labour
Party officials refuse to comply with such an instruction, the ERSv should
withdraw from all further participation in the election since it is tarnishing
its own reputation by association with a rigged poll.

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