In an exclusive interview with ITV the recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire has denied any wrong doing over his election last November. Claims have been made that Simon Hayes committed electoral fraud because he lied about living in Hampshire when he was elected last year.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is in the early stages of investigating the Hampshire PCC . Under regulations candidates must live within the force border on polling day. Mr Hayes, speaking to ITV said he welcomes the investigation but that he does live in the county.
– Simon Hayes Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
'My wife works as a vicar in Northamptonshire and the accusation is that I also live there. But I have lived in Hampshire for several months before, during and after the election. I'm content that the IPCC are investigating and that the nomination form was filled out correctly. I hope they investigate as quickly as they can.'