Alan Wells, chairman of the Isle of Wight Conservative Association has written to UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins, questioning the origins of one of the signatures on the nomination papers that he submitted when applying to run as a candidate in the 2013 Isle of Wight local elections.
If proven to be true in court, it’s a serious offence that could lead to a prison sentence.
In the letter, which OnTheWight has seen a copy of, Alan says that he inspected the Notice of Poll issued by County Hall last Friday and pinpoints one of the eight listed nominees, saying that she didn’t sign the official papers.
Further, Alan says that the listed nominee visited County Hall yesterday to look at the paperwork and confirmed “that the signature and handwriting purporting to be hers is false, and that it was not written by her.”
Warning of Police
The letter, which was to be hand-delivered to the UKIP candidate, Richard Wilkins, warns that they intend to report the incident to the Police on Wednesday, giving him until 5pm today to give a written explanation as to how the situation has come about.
OnTheWight has attempted to contact both the Island UKIP Chairman and Secretary, but at the time of publishing hasn’t heard back.
UPDATE 6:10pm – A short while after, UKIP leader, Nigel Farage issued a response.