5 Dec 2013

Summing-up in electoral fraud case

7:53 pm on 5 December 2013

The judge in the case of seven men charged with trying to hoodwink electoral authorities into registering extra voters in a South Auckland electorate will continue to sum up the case on Friday.

Daljit Singh, a real-estate agent, justice of the peace and senior member of the Supreme Sikh Council, unsuccessfully stood for a seat on the Otara-Papatoetoe local board in the 2010 super-city campaign.

He and six others are on trial in the High Court at Auckland charged with a total of 38 counts of using a forged document.

The Crown says they sent the personal details of 116 voters to authorities and registered them to the area where Mr Singh was standing. It says some of those registered lived in India, Timaru and Tauranga.

Justice Woolford told the jury on Thursday the seven men are charged with 38 counts of using a forged document but because some of them are jointly charged, there are 51 verdicts to decide.

The judge said in order to find the men guilty, the jurors will need to find the accused knew the electoral forms were forged and that the forms would be submitted to authorities as if they were genuine.