Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Electoral Fraud Case Opens

The trial of a former Berkshire councillor suspected of committing electoral fraud has begun at Reading Crown Court.

Conservative Mohammed Aziz is accused of rigging the vote in 2007 which saw a popular veteran Slough councillor unexpectedly ousted from her seat with a large majority on an unusually high turnout.

The subsequent investigation showed that the electoral register had seen a sudden rise from 6,600 to 7,215, with a large proportion of postal votes - many of which were registered at the same address. Investigators discovered 19 postal votes had been granted for one address which turned out to be derelict!

Oranjepan says:
Following the irregularities which were felt in Reading it is good to see Thames Valley Police following through on their promise!

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