Documents forged in bid for seat
A leader of New Zealand's Sikh community has been sentenced to community detention and community work for forging election documents in a bid to win a local body election three years ago.
Labour Party member, justice of the peace and Sikh leader Daljit Singh, 43, was found guilty in the High Court in Auckland of two charges of dealing with forged documents.
He had changed addresses to show that people from places such as Timaru and Tauranga appeared to live in the area of the Otara- Papatoetoe Local Board in Auckland.
Singh, who was an unsuccessful candidate in the first Auckland "super-city" election in 2010, was found not guilty of 18 other counts of the same charge.
Six men were found guilty after the jury trial last year, including Gurinder Atwal, 40, who was found guilty on 13 charges and Malkeet Singh on six charges.
Justice Mark Woolford, who said these were the first cases of electoral fraud convictions in New Zealand, sentenced Daljit Singh to five months community detention 200 hours community work.
Justice Woolford said the case had "caused great damage to the Sikh community" and deep divisions.
The Timaru Herald