The Electoral Commission Wales has revealed that no checks are carried out to establish whether students who are legally dual-registered to vote at both their home address and their university or college address – have broken the law by voting twice in the General Election.
Students are legally-entitled to register to vote at both their home addresses and at their uiniversity address.
This arrangement gives students aged 18 and over a “double franchise” – and the right to cast 2 separate sets of votes in council elections . It’s a factor which may partly account for the quirky results of May’s local council elections in Penarth
However the right of students to vote in two different places in council elections is supposed NOT to extend to General Elections – in which its technically illegal to vote more than once.
There are more than 15,000 students in Cardiff – more than enough to swing the election result in any constituency. With little or no life-experience in the real world, some commentators claim that the majority of students have a naive, simplistic and – some would say – plain stupid political attitudes.
Now it’s feared that some students – who were promised by Labour an end to tuition fees – may have used their double-registrations not only to vote twice in local government elections (which is legal) but also to vote twice in General Elections (which is illegal).
The Electoral Commission for Wales has admitted no checks carried out before or after a General Election to establish whether a student has voted in both locations – more than likely by the postal ballot – which the Commission recognises is wide-open to fraud.
More students in Wales than ever before are now reported to be cheating at their examinations and, it’s feared, are bringing the same kind of irresponsible attitude to bear when casting their votes.
In Cardiff South and Penarth – which has a high population of students – there was a massive drive by the Labour Party to encourage students to register and to vote. Across the country 9 out of every 10 students were registered to vote with the overwhelming majority of them voting – legally or illegally – for Labour.
In some Cardiff constituencies Labour appeared to have done backstairs, anti-democratic deals with the Green Party persuading the Greens not to put up candidates – which could otherwise have detracted from the Labour vote in marginal constitucies.
Green Party deputy chair Anthony Slaughter has said on Twitter than his party has received “acknowledgement / thanks” from Labour for not putting up candidates in the marginal seats of Cardiff North [where Labour defeated the incumbent Conservative candidate Craig Williams] and in Cardiff Central, which Labour retained.
93% of students entitled to vote had registered in time for this month’s General Election – more than 55% of them saying they intended to vote Labour and – in practice – far more them them voting Labour under the “guidance” of preponderantly left-wing lecturers.
The Electoral Commission says all it can do is to apply the law as it stands and it would be up to the Government to tighten up the legislation applying to student and postal voting.