Two prosecuted for not filling in election forms

File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
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Two voters from Corby have been prosecuted for failing to complete their registration forms.

Corby Borough Council has recently successfully brought charges against a string of people who have not filled in the forms.

Ivan Farbar and Darina Farbarova appeared at Corby Magistrates Court to plead guilty to not filling in their form on the basis of not understanding the English language.

However, after outlining the facts through an interpreter the decision was made for the defendants to be given a conditional discharge of 12 months and to pay £100 each worth of costs.

The latest prosecutions have resulted in six locals being prosecuted for not completing their forms.

Leader of Corby Council Cllr Tom Beattie said: “Completing the annual register is a legal requirement; failing to complete it could lead to a prosecution and can affect your voting right and credit rating. This is obviously the last resort and we have put in place several simple ways to fill out the form to make it as easy as possible for all residents.

“We hope that this time round we will not have to make any prosecutions and residents take just 5 minutes from their time to fill in the forms and get them back to us as soon as possible.”

Residents can either fill out their form by hand and send it back using the pre-paid envelope or, if you have no details to change, you can complete it by internet, freephone or by text.