4 Dec 2013

Businessman had no motive to commit election fraud - lawyer

3:09 pm on 4 December 2013

The lawyer for a failed local board candidate says his client is a successful businessman who had no motive to commit electoral fraud.

Daljit Singh, a real-estate agent, JP and senior member of the Supreme Sikh Council, unsuccessfully stood for a seat on the Otara-Papatoetoe local board in the 2010 super city campaign.

Mr Singh and six others are on trial at the High Court in Auckland where it is alleged they sent the personal details of more than 100 voters to authorities and registered them to the area where Mr Singh was standing.

His lawyer, Ron Mansfield, said in his closing address his client is not the kind of person to commit electoral fraud.

He said Mr Singh had worked hard to be a successful businessman and had no reason to try to win a local board seat fraudulently.

The jurors will hear closing addresses from the other defence lawyers on Wednesday.