Statement around electoral fraud allegations
The Council is aware of a number of allegations on social media sites concerning the outcome of the local election on May 2013 and in particular the Cowpen ward.
The Council is familiar with the concerns raised and has assisted Northumbria Police in its investigation.
One allegation was that 31 postal votes went missing - 31 votes were rejected on polling day because they failed the verification process - they were not unaccounted for.
In or around September 2013 a detailed file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service. Having reviewed the information available the CPS has taken the decision that there is insufficient evidence to provide realistic prospects of conviction for any offence.
We would like to assure the public that the council has well established and robust systems in place for managing local elections.