Oldham’s South Asian Pakistani & Bangladeshi communities have been identified as potential fraudulent voting hotspots by the Electoral Commission. In the September 2013 fraud perception report Asian participants in Oldham & Tower Hamlets mentioned seeing:
• Canvassers standing outside local schools and making parents there feel uncomfortable by their presence.
• Representatives of a political party at the polling station demonstrating on a mocked-up ballot paper to non-English speaking electors where they should make their mark.
• Women being told to vote in a certain way by male family members.