Frustration over lack of action about Peace party election leaflet complaint

Councillor Imdad Hussain.

Councillor Imdad Hussain.

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THE authorities should do more to investigate whether an election leaflet offering free solar panels amounted to bribery, it has been claimed.

A canvassing leaflet offering residents free solar panels by 2017 was last month reported to Bradford Council amid claims it breached election law.

The leaflet was distributed on behalf of Councillor Imdad Hussain (Peace), who had been seeking re-election to Bradford Council in the Heaton ward, but in the end lost his seat.

It included a logo for Bradford EcoPower, a green energy organisation Mr Hussain founded in 2011.

The leaflet was reported to Bradford Council's chief executive Tony Reeves by the Respect Party's general secretary Ron McKay.

In his role as returning officer, Mr Reeves is responsible for ensuring elections are run effectively and that both voters and candidates have a positive experience.

But Mr McKay said so far, he has received “absolutely nothing” in response to his complaint.

Mr Reeves said while he did receive the complaint, his role as returning officer was legally restricted to the administration of elections only.

He said: "The Council is not responsible for investigating complaints relating to election campaign literature so any complaints of this nature are logged and candidates and agents are recommended to seek their own legal advice or contact the Electoral Commission for advice."

But a frustrated Mr McKay said: “It isn't up to us, surely, to complain to the Electoral Commission and the police when the returning officer is the one charged with running a fair election? It's up to him to refer it on, surely?”

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said a complaint of that nature would be a matter for the police, while a police spokesman said no-one had either complained directly to them or referred the complaint on to them.

Mr Hussain has completely refuted any wrongdoing and has stood by the leaflet, saying Bradford EcoPower was “a community organisation not a private company”.

He said he hadn't heard from the authorities about the complaint.

He said: "I don't expect to, really, because I think the Respect Party have got the wrong end of the stick. It's not a private company, it's a community organisation and that's what we do - we promote renewable energy."

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6:30pm Wed 11 Jun 14

eccythump says...

Both of these parties are tarred with the same brush. Both of them are working on their own selfish agenda, not for the general populace of Bradford. It's good to see them slagging each other off. Saves those of us, who see them for what they are, doing it.
Both of these parties are tarred with the same brush. Both of them are working on their own selfish agenda, not for the general populace of Bradford. It's good to see them slagging each other off. Saves those of us, who see them for what they are, doing it. eccythump
  • Score: 4

6:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

HAL:9000 says...

So the only person who complained is one of the leaders of an opposing party? A pretty which also did badly in the election? Erm... What?
So the only person who complained is one of the leaders of an opposing party? A pretty which also did badly in the election? Erm... What? HAL:9000
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

HAL:9000 wrote:
So the only person who complained is one of the leaders of an opposing party? A pretty which also did badly in the election? Erm... What?
You do realise if nothing's done about this, it'll be repeated over and over again (come future elections)?

Would you like that ?
[quote][p][bold]HAL:9000[/bold] wrote: So the only person who complained is one of the leaders of an opposing party? A pretty which also did badly in the election? Erm... What?[/p][/quote]You do realise if nothing's done about this, it'll be repeated over and over again (come future elections)? Would you like that ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 5

1:49am Thu 12 Jun 14

Raj2121 says...

This man is a thief, his family are involved in the drugs trade, most of his brothers are in JAIL, they dealt drugs from a buissnes called motorwise in heaton it had been in the newspapers many times for drug related and firearm related offences.........
This man is a thief, his family are involved in the drugs trade, most of his brothers are in JAIL, they dealt drugs from a buissnes called motorwise in heaton it had been in the newspapers many times for drug related and firearm related offences......... Raj2121
  • Score: 9

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