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Multiple investigations launched into allegations of electoral malpractice

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Multiple investigations launched into allegations of electoral malpractice
5th June 2014

Allegations of electoral malpractice in Tower Hamlets have sparked eight police investigations. 

A total of 84 complaints have been received by the Met Police who have also arrested two people.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in relation to postal vote applications. 

A 38-year-old man was also arrested in connection with allegations of potentially false declarations.
Both have been bailed pending further enquiries. 

Scotland Yard today confirmed four of the allegations under investigation relate to false declarations on nomination papers. Two others relate to postal voting, one relates to making a false statement about a candidate and one concerns a failure to put a correct imprint on election literature.

But the Met said that there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed  in relation to "the majority" of complaints received after the May 22 election.

A Met police spokesman said: "A number of complaints received relate to alleged behaviour of campaigners at polling stations in Tower Hamlets on 22 May and these are currently being assessed in conjunction with our partners.

"There was a strong police presence on polling day with an officer posted to each polling station on the borough."

The Met's confirmation of the ongoing investigation comes almost a fortnight after Tower Hamlets' controversial Mayor Lutfur Rahman won a second term in office.

Can confirm officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate have received a total of 84 complaints of electoral malpractice in relation to the borough of Tower Hamlets. 

Following a thorough assessment of all complaints, it has been determined that in the majority of cases there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed.

A number of complaints received relate to alleged behaviour of campaigners at polling stations in Tower Hamlets on 22 May and these are currently being assessed in conjunction with our partners. There was a strong police prescience on polling day with an officer posted to each polling station on the borough. We are also working with our partners to deliver a robust policing plan concerning the Tower Hamlets by-election on 3 July. 

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