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Man charged over election fraud

A former parish councillor in Hampshire has been charged after an investigation into alleged electoral irregularities.

John Hall, of Coriander Way, Whiteley, was charged at the weekend following a police inquiry into proxy voting in the Whiteley ward of Winchester.

The 67-year-old is accused of with making a false instrument under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Mr Hall also faces charges of falsely registering information and making a false proxy voting application.

The Conservative activist will appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Friday, 2 May.

At the 2007 election for Winchester City Council, the Conservatives retained power with 29 seats ahead of the Liberal Democrat with 23 seats, four independents and one Labour representative.

One third of the council seats will be contested at the local elections on Thursday this week.

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