The election count in Birmingham saw none of the heated scenes surrounding the issue of postal voting which dogged last year's local authority poll in the city.
As only one of Birmingham's 10 seats changed hands - with Labour losing Yardley to the Liberal Democrats - just one candidate raised allegations of ballot-rigging.
Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan - who lost to former Cabinet minister Clare Short by 6,801 votes in Ladywood - claimed that "personation" had been detected in the constituency.
Mr Khan, who conceded that the alleged irregularities would have made no difference to the outcome of the poll, told reporters: "Polling agents have reported a degree of personation - people turning up to cast votes who are not the actual voter. We believe there may have been substantial fraud. That needs to be investigated."
The second city's returning officer, Lin Homer, said Mr Khan's concerns had yet to be brought to her attention, but pledged that any matters raised would be thoroughly investigated.
About 40,000 applications for postal votes were received for the General Election - far fewer than the 70,000 granted at the last year's local elections. Meanwhile, Labour kept its grip on nine of Birmingham's seats, and fought off the Tory challenge in the "barometer" marginal of Edgbaston.
Re-elected Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart secured 2,349 more votes than her Conservative rival and claimed the result of the General Election would be "better for Birmingham and better for Britain".
But the Conservative candidate in Edgbaston, Deidre Alden, said she was pleased to have reduced the Labour majority in the traditionally Tory seat. Councillor Alden observed: "We may not have won Edgbaston but we have halved the majority - I think that shows that people are not happy with what Tony Blair's doing and it shows we are going in the right direction."
Liberal Democrat John Hemming, who secured his party's first ever parliamentary victory in Birmingham by taking the Yardley seat, registered a 2,672-vote majority over Labour candidate Jayne Innes, who was attempting to succeed Estelle Morris.
Mr Hemming - leader of the Lib Dems on Birmingham City Council - said: "It's very nice to have won but the challenge now is to go forward and achieve the things on which we campaigned. It's a major victory for the people of Yardley - we can now challenge the Labour Government on local, national and international issues."