Voting by the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party members for their leadership position and the prime minister’s post has been delayed after an intelligence agency warned that cyber hackers could change ballots, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
The United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters gave the warning.
The Conservative Party members were informed about the delay in voting on Tuesday night. However, no reason was given for the security concerns.
“Your ballot is now on the way – but it will arrive with you a little later than we originally said,” read a part of the message to party members, according to The Telegraph. “Please do not worry. This is because we have taken some time to add some additional security to our ballot process, which has delayed us slightly.”
The ballots were earlier due to be issued from Monday. Now with the delay in voting, members have been told to inform the party in case their ballots do not arrive even by August 11.
An unidentified spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of the Government Communications Headquarters, confirmed the delay in the vote to Reuters.
“Defending UK democratic and electoral processes is a priority for the NCSC and we work closely with all Parliamentary political parties, local authorities and MPs to provide cyber security guidance and…