The head-to-head race between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to become the UK’s next prime minister has come to a temporary halt as the vote by members of the Conservative Party has been postponed for the time being.
According to Reuters reports, Conservative Party members will have to stop voting to elect Britain’s next prime minister after the GCHQ spy agency warned that cyber hackers could alter people’s ballots, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
There was no specific threat from a hostile state, and advice was more general about the voting process and its vulnerabilities, the report added. This comes after several rounds of voting have already been conducted, with fierce competition between Sunak and Truss.
As a result of the concerns, the Conservative Party has been forced to abandon plans to allow members to change their vote for the next leader later in the contest, the Telegraph said.
The publication went on to say that the ballots also have yet to be issued to the roughly 160,000 party members who have now been warned they may not arrive until August 11, the report added. The ballots were previously due to be sent on Monday.
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss compete in the leadership contest to succeed Boris Johnson as the next British Prime Minister. Johnson had resigned from the post of British Prime Minister after several controversies left him without support in the Conservative Party.
After 5 weeks of voting, the data shows that Liz Truss is leading the Conservative Party polls, with Rishi Sunak leading the first four rounds of voting by a huge margin.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) collects communications from around the world to identify and disrupt threats to Britain. A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), part of the GCHQ, says he has advised the Conservative Party.
(With Reuters entries)
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