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Derby polling clerk jailed for election fraud

Nasreen Akhtar was working at a polling station in the city in May last year Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A polling clerk who helped two nieces pose as other people to vote at local elections in Derby has been jailed for 14 months.

Nasreen Akhtar was working at the Madeley Centre polling station in the Arboretum ward during the elections on 3 May last year.

Derby Crown Court heard how her nieces Tameena and Samri Ali went to vote at the centre even though they'd already voted in another ward.The court was told Akhtar issued them with ballot papers in other people's names.

Tameena cast her vote but Samra didn't.Labour won the seat from the Liberal Democrats by just 14 votes.Akhtar was jailed for 14 months for misconduct in a public office.

Tameena and Samra Ali received suspended jail sentences of 8 months for personation.

Another woman, Noshiela Maqsood, was also given an 8 month suspended sentence for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The judge Justice Wait said none of the four women had initiated the fraud but each had played a part in carrying it out or covering it up.