Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

How many complaints have been made about the election that took place on May 5th 2022?
How many of them are of a crimminal matter?

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Hai

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 36181001

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Dear Mr Hai
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 9 May
2022  requesting:

How many complaints have been made about the election that took place on
May 5th 2022?
How many of them are of a crimminal matter?
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  and we aim to send a response by 8 June 2022.
 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Information Governance Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 2197
[email address]
 
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London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Abdul Hai

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Enquiry (FOI) requesting
information relating to an election or electoral registration.

It is important to note that elections and electoral registration are
undertaken by an Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) and/or Returning
Officer (RO) appointed under the Representation of the People Act and are
'statutory office holders' in their own right..

This means that they carry out their duties in a personal capacity and not
on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

In addition, those who undertake work on behalf of these statutory office
holders do so under their direction and not the council.

Consequently, the ERO and/or RO are not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This is because the Act only applies to 'public
authorities' and both the ERO and/or RO are not public authorities for the
purposes of the Act because they are not listed in Schedule 1 of the Act
and in addition a Ministerial Order under s5 has not been made defining
them as a public authority.

Consequently, Tower Hamlets Council is unable to provide you with the
information requested but we have passed on your enquiry to the Head of
Electoral Services who will, on behalf of the Electoral Registration
Officer and/or the Returning Officer, consider your request.

Yours sincerely
Jane Jones
Information Governance Officer
Governance Directorate
Complaints and Information

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

From the head of electoral services.

Good afternoon Mr Hai

To date we have received 9 formal complaints relating to the elections held last week, one of which is currently being investigated by the police and is ongoing.

The others 8 relate to campaigning outside the polling places and the complainants have been advised of the law in that respect with these now resolved and closed.

The majority of the complaints were posted through our TH fraud portal.

The police will produce their own records shortly and we will then be party to any other issues they are dealing with, if any at all.

I hope this helps with your research