Former Labour Councillor in Derby has been charged with alleged election fraud.
Asaf Afzal is one of four people charged with perverting the course of justice by Derbyshire Police after an investigation into postal vote tampering in connection with May 2019 election.
Asaf in 2019 stood to be re-elected under Labour Party in Derby City Council elections.
According to Derbyshire Live, The 53-year-old said: “I received some papers last week, and the matters are in the hands of my solicitors.”
Derbyshire Police released a statement saying: “Four people have been charged with perverting the course of justice following enquiries into an alleged incident of election fraud relating to the Derby City Council elections in May 2019.
“The four, three men and one woman, are due to appear before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on March 22 charged with:
“Mohan Singh, 77 – two counts of perverting the course of justice;
“Baljit Rehalu, 41 – two counts of perverting the course of justice;
“Mohinder Rehala, 53, – one count of perverting the course of justice.
“All are of Clarence Road, Derby.
“Asaf Afzal, 53, of Colwyn Avenue, Derby – one count of perverting the course of justice.”
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Derby City Council has said to have taken these allegations very seriously saying: “All elections should be conducted fairly and with the highest levels of integrity. As such, the council treats seriously any allegations of electoral fraud. An investigation is currently underway, so it is inappropriate to offer further comment at this time.”
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This story is ongoing.