Will Daljit Singh be elected?

The Herald reports:

The Super City result in Papatoetoe is likely to be legally challenged by political rivals of a candidate charged with forging documents to sway the election.

Up to 1500 votes are in question.

If the race between and John Banks is close, a judicial inquiry could even cast doubt over the first mayor of the new Auckland Council.

Name suppression has been lifted from Daljit Singh, a Party candidate in the Papatoetoe subdivision of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board in the Manukau Ward.

He and another man, who still has name suppression, have been jointly charged with forgery.

The pair are alleged to have forged change of address forms to falsely enrol voters in Papatoetoe.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. …

More than 300 voters have been removed from the roll but the Weekend Herald understands up to 1500 enrolments are under police investigation.

If  Singh is elected, we face a fascinating possibility – a judicial inquiry into the election can be petitioned within 21 days. This would normally be heard quite promptly – well before the criminal case makes it to court.

So you face the prospect of the judicial inquiry covering much the same ground as the criminal trial. Could the two arrive at different conclusions?

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