The Police announce:
A number of search warrants have been executed on residential and business addresses in Auckland’s Papatoetoe ward over the last two days as part of the police inquiry into electoral roll enrolment irregularities.
Detective Inspector Mark Gutry, crime manager, Counties Manukau Police, said the search warrants were executed at “properties of interest” to the inquiry which follows a complaint from the Electoral Enrolment Centre.
Up to 40 officers are involved in this latest phase of the inquiry. People at the addresses or associated with them have been very helpful. Candidates and campaign staff will also be contacted for information as part of the inquiry.
The Registrar of Electors last week removed 306 enrolments after establishing that people did not live at addresses stated on enrolment forms.
“Police are very aware of the electorate interest in this inquiry and we are working to complete it as thoroughly and quickly as possible,” Detective Inspector Gutry said.
“It’s too early to say what the outcome of our investigation will be. Elections and the right to vote are part of New Zealand’s democratic process. If people do have concerns about irregularities in the Papatoetoe ward then it’s important they have the confidence to speak up and get in touch with us.”
Well done NZ Police. 40 officers is a very serious commitment. Hopefully they will get a result quickly, as this could affect the election. If a candidate (or party) is found to be involved, then people should know this before they vote.