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An Ashford landlord has been sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison after forging the signatures of his tenants to try and win an election.
Turkish businessman Cengizhan Cerit, known locally as Jem Cerit tried to rig the election in Beaver ward, Ashford, in November 2011.
Canterbury Crown Court heard that the 47-year-old delivered a bundle of 200 postal vote applications containing false or forged signatures to the Ashford Borough Council offices the day before the deadline for applications was due.
He was found guilty of three charges of electoral fraud by Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 5 February and sentenced today.