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Council candidate cleared of vote rigging

PUBLISHED: 16:45 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 August 2010

A COUNCIL candidate accused of stealing postal votes in a failed bid to get elected has been cleared of all charges. Abdul Jamal, 34, was said to have fraudulently applied for the ballot on behalf of 15 unsuspecting citizens across Tower Hamlets at the

A COUNCIL candidate accused of stealing postal votes in a failed bid to get elected has been cleared of all charges.

Abdul Jamal, 34, was said to have fraudulently applied for the ballot on behalf of 15 unsuspecting citizens across Tower Hamlets at the local elections on May 4, 2006.

But a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court unanimously acquitted him of 30 charges.

Jamal, of Ventnor Gardens, Barking, insisted he filled in people's names and addresses on the postal vote application forms to persuade them to fulfil their democratic right.

The independent candidate, who gained 630 votes in his bid to win a seat Limehouse Ward, told jurors: "I didn't sign or date anything. I only filled in names and addresses.

"I informed people that they had the choice to vote by post, and gave them application forms to do so."

Jamal, a volunteer worker, told jurors that he had hoped to represent his community on the council.

"I was going to do my best. I thought maybe there might be some chance because there are three people who can get elected."

Jamal was cleared of 15 counts of making a false instrument, and 15 counts of using a false instrument.

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