Police investigate super city voting scam
Wed, 22 Sep 2010 6:36p.m.
By Simon Shepherd
Police investigating super city vote rigging have used search warrants on properties in South Auckland.
Three hundred and six enrolments have already been cancelled because the voters did not live at the registered addresses.
Manjit Kaur and her husband Avtar have been living in Pukekohe for 10 years, so imagine their surprise when police turned up asking why she'd enrolled in the South Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe.
"We never lived at that address, and that handwriting was not belonging to us, 'cause we had not filled that form," says Mr Kaur.
Ms Kaur signs her name in English, yet the police had a form with her date of birth and a signature in Punjabi.
"There is something serious going on," says Mr Kaur.
Concerns over dodgy registrations have already led to 306 being cancelled and the police being called in.
"We've executed a number of search warrants within the Papatoetoe area, residential and commercial properties," says Det Insp Mark Gutry.
One of the properties searched was the real estate office where Labour candidate Daljit Singh works. He said today police had not contacted him.
"What we're doing at present is investigating the enrolments," says Mr Gutry. "As part of that process we are going to end up speaking to candidates right throughout the Papatoetoe area."
Another address visited was Indo Spice World, where coincidentally today a support vehicle for Mr Singh was parked at his office next door.
The business is owned by Gurinder Atwal, who also owns a house where 48 people were registered to vote.
He has previously denied any voting scam, but wouldn't comment today.
The police say their investigation is trying to ensure a fair and free democratic process. And although the local body elections close on October 9, the inquiry may take much longer.
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23/10/2010 3:53:29 p.m.
Bunty waiuku wrote:
Mr.TS MANN get your facts straight,you have lived your whole life in NZ and still dont know birds poo about NZ culture and NZ law.HOnesty & integrity is what everyone expects as its a common practise to be honest in NZ.and how do you say that community made it bid elctoral officers and police says its the first time they have seen a fraud like this in their lives,yeah yeah you wish if you could blanket it somehow-well bad luck mate,cheap try though.actually the whole community knows what this group is really doing behind the curtains and nobody ever said a word thats favour enough for the dodgers and thats how they got this wrong confidence that if they can can get away with all their doings untill now why the heck try win election AS IF it was their back yard.well boys time for a reality check.yeah you are right right to vote is yours but you have no right to deceive NZ system.you havent lived your whole life in NZ you have actually WASTED it mate.GO GET A LIFE all yous supporting this man and his cronies.well said ROOP MAAN police should dock them real good.
20/10/2010 6:54:26 p.m.
Maan Roop wrote:
Sukhvir ,you and all your supporters you want proof contact detective Mark Gutry,shame on you how you all signed for an address you never lived at-stop telling others to mind their business its nothing personal this group has brought shame to all of us whosoever has SINGH has a surname will be looked upon as a fraud,its already happening.if these shameless dudes want to do community a favour,admit what they did and leave NZ forever.But they wont do it cause they been corrupt all through their lives.God was and is always watching now you all pay for your sins curtains finally falling.NZ police dont,at no cost should they be jailed less than 20 years in the worst prison of NZ.kiakaha
17/10/2010 7:47:07 p.m.
shame on them. you do the crime you pay for it by sitting in a cell doing your time.you have brought shame to the whole community.
12/10/2010 9:56:29 p.m.
maan roop wrote:
for all those who support this rogue and his cronies YOUR DAYS OF HIGH FLYING ARE OVER...time to touch the real ground they have done nothing for community but for themselves once the fog starts lifting police will be looking into their immigration scam,bogus immigration declarations scam,this voting scam is nothing.come on NZ police nail the buggers good..and hey the one who is saying anyone is jealous---nobody is jealous...you are supporting him may be you are one of those 250-300 guys whom this JP helped to sneak in NZ...wait a while and you guys will be out in the sun....you have just made mockery of whole Indian community andfor PUNJABIS you have disgraced them ...forever...shame shame and sea full of it...but you guys wont feel shame....cause if you did then wouldnt have done this in the first place
11/10/2010 11:51:32 p.m.
These kinda persons should be totally banned from any social or community gathering. It needs a thorough enquiry to dig deep into past history of these so called blots to NZ community.Seizure of political, social or community ranks is not enough,their real picture should be made public and all the culprits should be punished hardly to check these kinda incidents in future. Govt should seriously discuss this issue. These black sheep are trying to tarnish our NZ's clean and transparent electoral system. No one will be allowed and tolerated to start dirty political games like asian countries on this land.
8/10/2010 4:26:50 p.m.
T S Mann wrote:
I would just like to say I have been in NZ for my whole life I think this was a minnor issiue but our own community made it a big deal. In all my life I have never seen people from one comunity hate each other so much we are the one's making this a big issiue, so many indian radio's have given false information saying people who are in the electrol roll will be fined. The right to vote is given to everybody and everyone should vote.
7/10/2010 8:32:16 p.m.
i totally agree with saini
25/09/2010 10:29:04 p.m.
i do not like to let down punjabi community, but the culprit must be honest now and confess to his guilt and should not contest in this election. its a horrible shame that what has happened.
people like these disgrace the whole community.
most of migration is because of the corrupt system, and now U are doing it here AGAIN.
24/09/2010 8:10:38 p.m.
I don't know why people are so jealous of others. They r blaming without any proof.They have no right to do so.Everybody know who has contributed to community and how much. So pls just stop this and mind your own business.
23/09/2010 9:22:41 p.m.
J Khalsa wrote:
This sort of person in politics is like a bad disease, lets cut it out NOW before it spreads!!
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