NZ’s dodgiest LBP Nominee – Arshad Chatha

Hanilton Ratbag Arshad Mahmood Chatha

Hamilton Ratbag Arshad Mahmood Chatha

Hamilton really has a problem with dodgy ratbags standing for local body positions.

This guy is a real piece of work. He is on bail for violence offences.

One of Hamilton’s mayoral candidates is campaigning while on bail. Arshad Chatha is awaiting trial for allegedly punching a bailiff in 2010.

It’s not the first time Mr Chatha has multitasked with campaigns and courtrooms.

While running for the Palmerston North mayoralty in 2007, he was found guilty on a cluster of fraud charges, which led to a two-year jail sentence.

Two years earlier, following another mayoral bid, he was jailed for two months after failing to complete 200 hours’ community work for two theft convictions.

At his Hamilton East home last night, Mr Chatha said he had a “clear conscience” and his convictions were in the past. 

He had applied to have the charge relating to the bailiff incident dropped, he said.

“What has happened in the past, I was innocent. I didn’t do anything wrong against New Zealand or against the people of New Zealand.”

He said he was a victim of “abuses of power”.

Yeah sure you were…the prisons are full of innocent people aren’t they?

He viewed Hamilton as a “fresh start” and was running for mayor because he wants to improve the city’s image and promote growth “in every aspect”.

In 2006, he told the Palmerston North District Court he was the youngest elected district councillor in Pakistan before immigrating to New Zealand in 1992. After his legal bouts in Palmerston North, he had since moved to Hamilton East to study law.

A criminal conviction does not usually affect a candidate’s nomination. The exception is that people currently serving a prison term of three years or more cannot stand, according to Local Government New Zealand guidelines.

If a candidate is elected and subsequently convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for two years or more, they will lose office.

Best avoided if people just don;t vote for the ratbag.

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