ALLEGATIONS of fraud in last week's Hyndburn Council elections are being investigated and could result in a police probe.
The council's managing director David Welsby confirmed that claims of "voting irregularities" in Accrington's Central ward were being looked into by Jane Ellis, election officer and head of legal services, after the Labour group made an official complaint.
It is believed the allegations centre around the fraudulent signing of ballot papers.
A decision on whether to pursue the matter was due to be made today and police are on standby to receive any evidence from the council's inquiry.
The complaint was made by County Councillor Doreen Pollitt, election agent for Sardar Ali, who lost his seat to Tory Allah Dad by 137 votes.
Mr Welsby said: "If we find any evidence of irregularities we will refer them to the police immediately."
Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "If there are complaints it is up to the people making them to substantiate them."
Jean Battle, Labour opposition leader, said: "There have been allegations that there were misdemeanours and we are hoping for a full investigation to establish whether any wrongdoing occurred."