Government Communications Headquarters, also known as GCHQ, has advised the Conservative Party to postpone sending ballot papers to the members. A warning was issued by the GCHQ stating that hackers could get inside the mail and change the votes.
It happened back in 2016, at the time of the US presidential election, when Russia tried to hack the voters’ accounts to leak sensitive information. Even though it was never confirmed if Russia changed the results or not, there was still a lot of speculation.
Previously, Tory members were given a weak voting system; the votes could be easily changed upon hacking. While there were no traces of these systems getting hacked, there was still a lot of fear amongst the officials.
The party members were supposed to receive the ballot packages around this week’s beginning. However, they will now be receiving it by 11 August. The voters were informed of the new dates via email.
According to The Guardian, there will be two ways in which the members can cast the votes – via post or mail. Both ways, the voters will get codes that will become invalid once the procedure is complete. It will eventually reduce the risk of any fraud.
The result of the voting will be announced on 5 September. We hope the members choose the most deserving candidate from the final lot.
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