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Election official suspended at East End ballot

PUBLISHED: 16:19 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:08 13 July 2010

AN investigation has been launched after a council election official was removed from tan East End polling station in Bethnal Green after allegedly discussing ballot procedures in Bengali with voters.

By Ted Jeory and Michael Parker

AN investigation has been launched after a council election official was removed from the Bounday estate polling station in Bethnal Green after allegedly discussing ballot procedures in Bengali with voters.

Voting had been taking place yesterday (Thurs) for both the London elections and the Weavers ward by-election

Tower Hamlets Tory councillor Ahmed Hussain, said: "He (the official) was actually helping people by going over to the booth itself with them and explaining in Bengali how to vote in the booth.

"I felt very uncomfortable about that because I thought it was against the rules, so I alerted election officials."

Tower Hamlets chief executive Martin Smith ordered the official be removed.

The Town Hall said: "We can confirm that a complaint was made and an employee at a Polling Station was immediately removed from their duties. We are now investigating the incident.


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