Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by a judge, who concluded that he had breached rules governing elections.
Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey – who sat as a judge at the High Court – said the May 2014 east London mayoral election result was “void”. Rahman has also been ordered to pay £250,000 in costs.
Four voters had taken legal action against Mr Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets and Britain’s first elected Muslim mayor.
Lawyers for the group made a series of allegations, including “personation” in postal voting and at polling stations, and ballot paper tampering.
Outlining his conclusions on Thursday, Mr Mawrey suggested that Mr Rahman, who was born in Bangladesh, had played “race” and “religious” cards.