Ruling due in electoral fraud case

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Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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A mayor accused of electoral fraud is waiting for a verdict following a High Court hearing.

Four voters have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman – independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London.

They asked Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey – who sat as a judge – to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election, which saw Mr Rahman elected for a second term, void and order a re-run.

The group of four also wants Mr Rahman barred from holding office for a period.

Mr Mawrey is due to deliver a ruling today after analysing evidence over several weeks at an Election Court trial in London earlier this year.

The four voters mounted a challenge under the provisions of the Representation Of The People Act.

Lawyers for the group made a series of allegations, including ”personation” in postal voting and at polling stations, and ballot paper tampering.

Mr Rahman said there was ”little, if any” evidence of wrongdoing against him.

His lawyers described the claims as invention, exaggeration and ”in some cases downright deliberately false allegations”.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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