A Tower Hamlets corruption campaigner claims he has found more evidence of electoral abuse with votes allocated to empty council flats.
Andy Erlam, who was one of the election petitioners who raised the case against former mayor Lutfur Rahman, is standing the race to succeed him on Thursday, June 11.
He is running again on an anti-corruption ticket and said he had visited a tower block in Poplar that was almost empty and yet, according to the records, housed around 100 voters. His claims refer to the 2014 council elections.
Mr Erlam, of the Red Flag – Anti Corruption Party handed in his dossier to police who confirmed it had received 16 complaints alleging electoral malpractice ahead of the June 11 count. It was this kind of activity that saw Mr Rahman stripped off office after an Election Court found him guilty of “corrupt and illegal practices”.
Mr Erlam, who led the group which brought the action at the High Court spoke as he handed the Metropolitan Police a dossier which he claimed contained more evidence of malpractice, this time relating to last year’s election for seats on Tower Hamlets Council.
Mr Erlam said of Robin Hood Gardens: “There are 100 votes, including postal votes, but there are only a handful of people living there. Therefore these votes are very vulnerable to abusive use by other people. There are several other blocks of flats that are very suspicious.”
A Tower Hamlets Council spokesman said: “The council has not had sight of Mr Erlam’s allegations, however we take any suggestion of fraud or improper activity very seriously.
“The recent election petition judgment praised our returning officer and his work and our local protocol makes it clear the police and council take electoral fraud extremely seriously and will investigate all allegations of irregularities robustly, promptly and fully.
“Our focus now is on working with the Police and Electoral Commission to ensure the return of a free and fair election this Thursday.”