Cllr Shahed Ali, Tower Hamlets council’s cabinet member for the ‘clean and green’ (ie street cleaning and refuse etc), was yesterday arrested on suspicion of multiple voting in May’s elections.
He was arrested early in the morning and asked to explain how two votes were cast in his name earlier this year.
It’s understood he was registered to vote at two different addresses.
A source close to Shahed said he voted just once in person and that was it. The source said the police investigation centres on the ballot cast from the second address.
He is said to be helping police solve the riddle, and strenuously denies any wrongdoing.
He is a member of Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party, having been expelled from Labour for having backed the Mayor in 2010.
He has been ward member for Whitechapel since 2006 when he was first elected for Respect.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 44 year old man had been arrested on suspicion of multiple voting yesterday.
Let me stress that Shahed has not been charged. My source said he wouldn’t be making any comment on the issue for fear of jeopardising the police investigation.