An Indian man who forged a signature on an election enrolment form will not be sent back to his home country from New Zealand.
Mandeep Singh was convicted in 2013 of using a forged document, after he signed a voting form on behalf of a friend and put down his address as his own.
The action was an attempt to help Labour Party member and Sikh leader Daljit Singh in his bid for a seat on the Otara-Papatoetoe local board in Auckland.
Several other people were also convicted on similar charges.
After being sentenced to 200 hours’ community work, Mandeep Singh was issued with a deportation order.
But he appealed the decision to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, claiming it would be traumatic for his family to have to uproot their life and return to India.
They tried to steal a local board election. Absolutely they should be deported. It would be a great deterrent for others considering doing the same, if they are not NZ citizens.
The IPT has been making some appalling decisions of late.