Crime

Former Tory candidate jailed for false declaration when standing for council election

Wood Green Crown Court. Image: ARB by Creative Commons Licence

Wood Green Crown Court. Image: ARB by Creative Commons Licence

A former Conservative candidate for Enfield Lock ward has been jailed for six months at Wood Green Crown Court for making a false declaration on his nomination papers.

34 year old Michael Jefferson Fadaka from Bedale Road, Enfield stood as the Tory candidate for Enfield Lock in the May 2014 local elections.

Prosecutor Zoe Martin had told a previous hearing that Fadaka had not disclosed that he’d received a suspended prison sentence in 2011 for benefit fraud.

Candidates are not allowed to take part in local elections with this level of previous criminal conviction and sentence.

He pleaded guilty to making the false declaration under the Representation of the People Act 1983 on 4th February.

Detective Inspector Howard Holt, of the Special Enquiry Team, said:

Trust in the electoral process is paramount in a democratic society and when this system is undermined by an individual’s misconduct that trust is diminished. I would urge anyone considering election to any public office to fully familiarise themselves with the rules around qualifications for nomination.

In the run up to the general elections we will continue to work closely with the Electoral Commission and local authorities across London in a pro-active and preventative capacity to protect the integrity of the electoral process in London.

He added:

We would encourage anyone who wishes to report an offence to contact their local police or call 101.

Image licence

Wood Green Crown Court (Arb) / CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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