A slap on the hand for electoral fraud

February 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

NewstalkZB reports:

Labour Party member has failed in his bid to be discharged without conviction after being found guilty of .

He wanted a discharge without conviction? Incredible. He thinks he did nothing wrong.

Singh – a candidate in the first Auckland “supercity” elections – has been sentenced at the High Court in Auckland on two counts of using forged documents to increase his chances of winning a seat on his local board.

He has been sentenced to five months community detention and 200 hours community work.

A slap on the hand with a slightly wet bus ticket..

His lawyer Ron Mansfield earlier told Justice Woolford a conviction would prevent Singh from his work in the real estate industry, as an immigration advisor, as a Justice of the Peace and as a marriage celebrant.

That is a good thing. Again Singh seems to feel he has done nothing wrong.

Singh stood as a Labour Party candidate at the 2010 elections. Even after his arrest he was pictured at Labour Party fundraisers with the then Leader. So does Labour have any comment on the sentencing of one of their official candidates? Is he a member in good standing? Is he eligible to stand for them again?

UPDATE: Labour have said he is no longer a member.

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24 Responses to “A slap on the hand for electoral fraud”

  1. dog_eat_dog (780 comments) says:

    By an incredible stroke of luck, a vacancy has just popped up at TVNZ…

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  2. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Put this dishonest cretin, along with Slobcom, and get them to hell out of NZ. We don’t need these types, there are decent, hardworking people wishing to enter the country, but of course, being hard workers, they won’t support Labour . . . bureaucrats at immigration will find fault with their applications, as always!

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  3. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    Surely he can’t remain a Justice of the Peace (at least)

    The more usual grounds for removal are conviction for an offence punishable by imprisonment, and bankruptcy

    http://www.jpfed.org.nz/Becoming+a+JP.html

    257Using forged documents
    (1)Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who, knowing a document to be forged,—
    (a)uses the document to obtain any property, privilege, service, pecuniary advantage, benefit, or valuable consideration; or
    (b)uses, deals with, or acts upon the document as if it were genuine; or
    (c)causes any other person to use, deal with, or act upon it as if it were genuine.

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM330446.html

    EDIT: He doesn’t seem to be listed on the JP website, so maybe he’s already been removed.

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  4. kowtow (8,326 comments) says:

    Multiculturalism meets the New Zealand constitution.

    Multiculti 1;NZ 0.

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  5. Jack5 (5,055 comments) says:

    For trying to corrupt our political system, these ratbags should be deported. If they have residency or have gained citizenship, this should be cancelled. What other country would let them remain?

    What a piss weak country we have become. Similarly on TV last night, a police woman speaking on a campaign against king hitting, emphasised the problems these lunatics created for themselves and their own families. Our media calls king-hit fatalities “one punch killings”. Compare this with Australia, where police are attacking the same problem vigorously and the media call the king hit “the coward’s punch”.

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  6. David Garrett (7,112 comments) says:

    To be fair DPF, the test for being granted a discharge without conviction is not that the miscreant did nothing wrong…in fact to get such a discharge you have to plead guilty.

    The test is that the consequences of a conviction would be out of all proportion to the offence. I got a discharge without conviction because my passport offence was 30 years previously, and I had never used the thing….but I had to plead guilty to get it (not that I realistically had any option but to do so)

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  7. Sidey (249 comments) says:

    Clearly there is a shortage of crime being committed in this country, as we seem to be importing crooks to fill the gap.

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  8. Muzza M (291 comments) says:

    Memo to all living in NZ. If you are considering a transaction in real estate, wanting immigration advice, requiring the services of a JP, or wishing to get married, do not use the services of this fraudulent, dishonest, piece of shit who should be deported. Failing that, it would appear that the Labour party will be needing a new leader soon, and this arsehole seems to have the requirements of the position.

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  9. thedavincimode (6,716 comments) says:

    his work in the real estate industry, as an immigration advisor, as a Justice of the Peace and as a marriage celebrant.

    Wot, no LMVD?

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  10. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    It’s time our judicial system got some teeth when it comes to trying to mess with democracy. Much like the Australians are taking “king hitting” seriously both in the media, where it’s relabelled a “coward’s punch”, and by judges with that league thug crying in jail, we should be doing similar on both accounts. This was an orchestrated attempt to pervert democracy and we as a country should reject it in the strongest way possible. Not going to jail is surprising to say the absolute least.

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  11. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    The most astonishing thing in all this is that somebody has actually been convicted. We made a list a few years ago of electoral act breaches. It was hundreds of clear breaches that resulted in complaints to the cops over the last three elections. Not all Labour, Greens, Alliance either by the way*
    That some clueless fuckweasel has actually been done is a cause for some celebration.

    *around 95% were.

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  12. Mark (1,481 comments) says:

    He should have been publicly flogged. Our soft liberal justice system encourages this sort of corruption. Not only does public flogging provide the right sort of judicial deterrent it brings the added benefit of public entertainment.

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  13. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (852 comments) says:

    I am sure he was only guilty of trying to help his constituents…

    by voting for them…..

    repeatedly….

    bwuhahaha

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  14. anticorruptionnz (212 comments) says:

    It amuses me that when you get a parking ticket and wish to dispute it on very valid grounds , that you need to provide your full name date of birth address and a confession. ( no caution provided )

    But if you stand of local government you don’t have to stand under your real name your statement does not have to be true and no one verifies anything.

    If you do get caught cheating it is a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket where as a genuine error in parking for 12 minutes will land you a fine which is some what disproportionate to what election fraud attracts.

    but it is so much easier to fine people for unintentional matters than to prove intent but we are so lucky that we are the least corrupt country in the world..

    now lets hear Len browns excuse as to how he got 3/4 million from the unidentifiable new Auckland council trust.

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  15. Roflcopter (457 comments) says:

    “UPDATE: Labour have said he is no longer a member.”

    Not for doing it, but for getting caught.

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  16. mara (772 comments) says:

    Ain’t multiculturalism grand! Except when it, err, isn’t.

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  17. big bruv (13,734 comments) says:

    UPDATE: Labour have said he is no longer a member.

    What DPF should have said is that he is no longer a member for the crime of being caught. This sort of thing is the norm for the Labour party, it is not discussed it is just done, corruption, bullying, lies and cheating are all required to get the job done.

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  18. rouppe (967 comments) says:

    MP’s nominate JP’s. Why aren’t any MP’s removing him from that role?

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  19. GPT1 (2,118 comments) says:

    I actually thought it was a pretty reasonable sentence and was pleased that the Court laughed at the s106 application for a discharge without conviction. CD is, according to Parliament, one down from a custodial sentence (Home Detention being the option of serving a prison sentence at home). One can certainly argue that electoral fraud cuts to the very heart of democratic processes and the starting point should be prison but to describe a loss of liberty sentence with a solid dose of community work as a slap with a wet bus ticket is hyperbole.

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  20. Chris2 (763 comments) says:

    The sentence begs the question: What type of Electoral offence would get you a prison sentence?

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  21. corrigenda (142 comments) says:

    When I was living In Melbourne an MP’s secretary used her sister’s address so she could vote for him. The secretary was fired and the MP was stripped of his seat!!! Gotta like the way the Aussies treat electoral fraud!!

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  22. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    I can get you voters much cheaper.

    Many voters.

    Much, much cheaper.

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  23. mara (772 comments) says:

    We all know that some Countries in the World routinely hijack elections by election fraud. Why is anybody surprised that immigrants from these Countries come to NZ and continue the same practices?

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  24. Tauhei Notts (1,693 comments) says:

    Daljit Singh is (was?) a Justice of the Peace.
    One can only become a J.P. if highly regarded people recommend that you become a J.P.
    Please give us the names of the highly regarded (formerly!) people who recommended that this piece of excrement be appointed a J.P.
    No excuses, no claptrap; no bullshitting around; just the names of those formerly highly respected people.

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