Peterborough City Council Returning Officer Gillian Beasley said: “If you have applied for a postal vote it is really important that only you should use it - it is your vote, no-one else's. If anybody tries to help you vote against your will or if anyone tries to force you to give them your postal vote, you should contact the police.
"We are working very hard with the police to minimise the risks of election fraud in Peterborough and want to ensure everyone in the city is able to freely use their vote without fear or intimidation.”
Postal voters are required to provide their date of birth and signature on a postal voting statement when returning their postal ballot papers. The information provided will be subject to security checks against information already supplied by each elector.
By law, the returning officer is required to undertake personal identifier checks on every postal vote receive. The city council has also held briefings with election agents and reminded them that they would be committing an offence if they seek to act as an intermediary in returning postal ballot papers on behalf of voters.
If your postal votes have not arrived in the post by the morning of Friday 16 May 2014 please call (01733) 452249.
The city council has set up an election fraud hotline and anyone who has any concerns can report them by calling (01733) 452250. Any concerns will be referred to the police for investigation. Alternatively, if you believe an offence is in progress contact police on 101.
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