The High Court has been presented with expert evidence suggesting one in four postal ballots cast in the re-election of Mayor Lutfur Rahman in one ward in Tower Hamlets were completed by the same person. Robert Radley, senior consultant at the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory, examined ballot papers and postal voting slips to analyse handwriting and ink.
His report claimed “there appears to be a particular feature of note”, which was that many of the X marks had been extended and they were “shaky”. He claimed this was unusual, and as so many ballots were similar it is likely the same person filled them out.
Radley wrote: “These Xs are ‘shaky’, undulating, written slowly with care but laboured. Where the initial pen strokes fall short of a corner of the printed box, some show evidence of retouching: one of the legs of the X has been extended with a short line into the corner.
“Whilst I cannot identify a particular individual or a number of individuals as having written this large number of distinctive and idiosyncratic ‘X’ marks, their presence is worthy of note.”