Voters have been praising police in Tower Hamlets for keeping polling stations from being overrun with intimidating canvassers.
In the hotly contested mayoral election – called after previous incumbent Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of electoral fraud and deposed – there have been widespread concerns that voters would be intimidated or obstructed from casting their ballot.
As a result police have deployed what one voter described as an “intimidation-free zone” to keep large groups of people away from polling stations.
As well as a heavy police presence at polling stations throughout the borough, tape has been used to mark out areas where people are not allowed to congregate and posters are being used to warn people against electoral fraud.
So far the move has been widely praised by voters – although some have asked that even more be done to ensure the electoral process is not undermined as it was in 2014.
Is this a first/what it's come to?Canvassing exclusion zones painted outside Tower Hamlets polling station (h/t anon) pic.twitter.com/UVwM21e2ww— Ted Jeory (@TedJeory) June 11, 2015
However it's not all plain sailing. One voter claimed to have spotted someone canvassing nearby. Police responded to say officers would be sent to the location.
@MPSTowerHam good to see police on site but I was amazed there appeared to be someone canvassing yards from the poll station on rainhill way— Sophie Hoskin (@Sophys_choice) June 11, 2015
Inevitably, others are seeing the funny side of the election, which has been mired in controversy. The Met is already investigating 16 allegations of electoral malpractice, specifically regarding improper distribution of election literature and the possible harvesting of postal votes.
Is Sepp Blatter standing in #TowerHamlets election for mayor?— Ben Williams (@bsbigballs) June 11, 2015