Liberal Democrat Cllr. Manzur Hussain -VOTE RIGGING

Hussain defrauded dozens of voters during the 2004 local government elections. The men, who were sitting on Burnley Council at the time, collected signed proxy vote forms door-to-door and filled them in themselves. At Preston Crown Court they were each sentenced to 18 months for falsifying postal proxy votes. Both councillors were arrested in October 2004. The judge went on to say the councillors had “exploited a loophole” in which the law did not require proxy vote applicants to complete the form themselves. He urged the Electoral Commission and the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs to close the loophole. Both men were convicted of conspiracy to defraud Burnley Council’s returning officer following a three-week trial at Preston Crown Court. http://tinyurl.com/y6nayv

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