Foolish Labour councillor from Rochdale made the absurd claim he did not realise he was not allowed to vote more than once in the same election, he received a caution from the police for electoral fraud.

 

Faisal Rana cast a vote in two separate wards at the local council election back in May, on the grounds he has two different houses in different wards.  

 

Mr. Rana believed it to be a mistake because he not understood the Electoral Commission rules. 

 

The fraudulent councillor Faisal Rana, had this to say to Sky News:  

“I have accepted a police caution for an electoral offence, which relates to me casting separate votes for two different wards in two different Constituencies (Spotland and Falinge, and Norden Ward) in the local elections earlier this year.

“I legally registered my votes by providing my genuine national insurance number, date of birth and addresses and when I received these through the post I thought it would have been OK and that is why they issued me two ballots for two constituencies.

“I did not realise this was an offence and misinterpreted the rule that says it is possible to vote in two different electoral areas.

“As soon as this was brought to my attention I went for a voluntary interview at local police station and co-operated with police fully in this regard.”

 

Labour’s Allen Brett, Leader of the council and councillor for Milkstone and Deeplish.

“It is vital that councillors do all that they can to uphold the integrity of the democratic process.

“As soon as he became aware of this, Councillor Rana stepped away from his cabinet responsibilities.

 

 

Whether it was a genuine mistake or not is another question. Cllr Rana obviously has no regard for the democratic process of an election or any respect for the constituents he so boldly claims to serve and a police caution is extremely lenient for voting twice and breaking simple rules he was probably already aware of. 

 

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