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Election for the Next UK PM Postponed Due to Threat of Ballot Hacking: Reports

Truss is receiving favourable ratings from Conservative Party members, who will elect the new prime minister on September 5

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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UNITED KINGDOM: The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) warned that cybercriminals could alter people’s ballots, leading to the postponement of the UK’s Conservative party members’ vote to select the next prime minister.

According to the study, there was no explicit threat from a hostile state, and the advice was broader and focused on the voting process’ weaknesses.

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The Conservative Party has been compelled to drop plans to permit members to change their votes for the next leader after the election as a result of the worries, according to the reports.

Postal ballots have not yet been sent to the approximately 160,000 party members who have been informed they may not arrive until August 11. The ballots were scheduled to arrive on Monday.

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Former finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss are seeking to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Truss is receiving favourable ratings from Conservative Party members, who will elect the new prime minister on September 5 after many weeks of voting.

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) compiles communications from all over the world to identify and eliminate dangers to Britain. A representative for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a subsidiary of GCHQ, claimed to have advised the Conservative Party.

UK PM Race

Foreign Minister Liz Truss, the front-runner to succeed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has a narrower lead over her competitor Rishi Sunak than was previously thought, according to a party member survey.

In the 807-person survey conducted by the Italian data company Techne between July 19 and July 27, Truss received support from 48% of Conservative Party members, compared to Sunak’s 33%.

This suggests a considerably closer contest than a previous YouGov survey of Conservative members conducted on July 20’21, which showed Truss leading Sunak by 24 points. Taxes have so far dominated the race.

Truss has been charged with “dishonesty” by Sunak for pledging significant tax cuts as soon as she wins office. According to Truss, Sunak promised to control inflation before decreasing taxes to prevent the economy from entering a recession.

Also Read: “Racism Not a Factor in British PM Race,” Says Rishi Sunak


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