MP wants online vote for soldiers

North Durham MP Kevan Jones
North Durham MP Kevan Jones
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SOLDIERS should be allowed to vote online in elections, claims an MP.

Kevan Jones, who represents North Durham, told Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg more needs to be done to get servicemen and women to take part elections, and the internet could help.

During a House of Commons debate, he said: “Most have access to it – at Camp Bastion and other bases around the world – so this would increase participation.”

Mr Clegg replied: “It is always worth looking to see whether we could use or deploy e-voting.

“As the honourable gentleman probably knows, it poses some serious security issues. It has been looked at in the past and we will continue to look at it.”

Mr Jones shook his head at Mr Clegg’s remarks, but the Deputy PM said it was important to consider concerns.

Mr Clegg added: “Most people who have looked at internet voting feel that there is a real issue about whether it can be done in a secure and safe way.

“As I say, we will continue to look at it.”