Political

Mayor of Tower Hamlets to face trial over claims of electoral fraud

The Evening Standard reports:

The controversial mayor of Tower Hamlets is to face a High Court trial over claims of electoral fraud.

Four petitioners today won their bid to expose Lutfur Rahman’s election victory to a full inquiry after allegations that voters were promised council houses if they voted for him.

They claimed Rahman’s team used a “variety of forms” of fraud when he won the mayoral ballot by 3,000 votes in May…

The court refused an application to have the case heard outside the Tower Hamlets area. The petitioners had claimed that “loud and intimidating” supporters of the mayor intimidated witnesses.

They also alleged that voters were given lollipops and led to believe they would not be good Muslims if they did not support Mr Rahman and his Tower Hamlets First party.

UPDATE: Lutfur Rahman was found guilty.

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