Britain’s Prime Minister election rules changed after hacking warning
Britain’s Conservative Party has changed the voting process for its members to elect a new leader and prime minister after cyber hackers warned of ballot tampering. Significantly, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are fighting to become the Prime Minister of Britain.
As per the earlier rules, members could vote by post or online. Also there was an alternative arrangement if they wanted to cancel their vote after voting.
However, following the advice of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), the party has now changed these rules. This will delay the voting process.
Postal ballot papers were to be posted from Monday, but now after the change in the rules, these postal ballot papers will be issued after some time. The delivery deadline is next Thursday.
A Conservative Party spokesperson said in a statement that we have decided to increase the security of ballot papers in consultation with the NCSC. Eligible members will start receiving ballots by this week.
Earlier, the UK government’s communications headquarters had asked the Conservative Party to reconsider giving the option to switch votes.