Dramatic footage outside a polling station in London shows a Labour activist appearing to breach electoral rules by handing out campaign leaflets. The Electoral Commission states campaigning cannot take place in the vicinity of the polling station to prevent “undue influence”, in what they describe as an “offence of undue influence”. In the exchange, the Labour activist tells the voter to “take a leaflet”.
When it is pointed out that the activist is doing this outside a polling station, the activist responds: “I’m not outside the polling station.”
The camera then moves to show a “polling station” sign next to the activist, before the voter adds: “Mate you are outside the polling station!”
The tweet of the video read: “Labour actively handing out leaflets to people entering a polling station.
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At the end of the clip, the voter turns to another person and says: “This guy is trying to hand me a Labour leaflet outside a polling station.
“That’s a breach of electoral law.”
The man then responds: “Is it?”
Responses to the footage saw viewers mention it was “not just unacceptable but illegal”.
One person tweeted: “Someone informs the Presiding Officer they will deal with him.”
Another said: “It’s interfering with the vote simply to make people uncomfortable walking into the polling station. The police should be called.”
Voting is underway throughout the country, with reports suggesting waits of more than half an hour at various polling stations this morning.
Queuing appeared particularly widespread in London, with long lines witnessed in a number of constituencies.
The Electoral Commission advises polling stations “can get very busy, particularly towards the end of the day”.
However, voters in a queue before 10pm will be entitled to apply for a ballot paper.