British elections at risk from perfect storm of threats, says watchdog

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Electoral Commission chair, who is probing possible Russian meddling in 2016 Brexit vote, urges urgent reform to thwart cheats

The head of the elections watchdog has demanded urgent reform of the UK’s electoral laws and warned that the country faces a “perfect storm” of threats that could put the integrity of the system at risk.

Sir John Holmes, the chair of the Electoral Commission, also confirmed to the Guardian that the body has launched an inquiry into possible Russian interference in the EU referendum and is waiting for evidence from Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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