pollitician : Police 'aware' as name of YouTuber to stand in 11 constituencies in election

pollitician : Police 'aware' as name of YouTuber to stand in 11 constituencies in election
pollitician : Police 'aware' as name of YouTuber to stand in 11 constituencies in election

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:48 PM

newsonline - Police have been "made aware of a potential electoral matter" after multiple general election candidates were registered under the name of a YouTube prankster.

Independent candidates under the name Niko Omilana are listed in 11 constituencies across England and Scotland - including Rishi Sunak's, Richmond and Northallerton.

Omilana appears to have alluded to the move in a video on his social media channels, in which he says he has "decided to run for prime minister" and wants to "remove" Mr Sunak from politics.

He has more than seven million subscribers on YouTube and is known for stunts including sneaking into the KSI vs Logan Paul boxing rematch and trying to get into the ring.

In 2021, he ran in the London Mayoral election - and ended up being the top independent candidate after winning nearly 50,000 votes.

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Addressing the multiple Niko Omilana candidates, the YouTuber said in one video: "We will remove Rishi and on top of this, we have done the impossible. We attempted to run Niko Omilana in multiple places across the country, and somehow we managed to make it happen.

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"My aim is for Niko Omilana to get more votes than anyone else and declare myself prime minister."

Where is Niko Omilana named as standing?

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As well as Richmond and Northallerton, Niko Omilana is listed to stand in Leeds East, Leeds South, Coventry South, Greenwich and Woolwich, North West Essex, Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Birmingham Perry Barr, Dundee Central, Stockton West and Ealing Southall.

Each of them is registered under a different address and their nomination papers were signed by different people.

The Electoral Commission said: "We are aware that the same person has been nominated as a candidate in a number of constituencies at the general election.

"Candidates must confirm in their nomination papers that they are not standing in any other constituency.

"It is an offence for an individual to provide false information on nomination papers when applying to stand as a candidate, including to falsely confirm that they are not standing in another constituency."

If that has occurred, they added, then this is a police matter.

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Image: A candidate named Niko Omilana is listed to run against Rishi Sunak

Under electoral law, returning officers must take details in candidate nomination forms at face value and accept them if the nomination meets requirements.

Candidates do not need to show ID when submitting the forms and the returning officers do not have the power to investigate.

It is an offence to give a false statement on a nomination form and the penalty can be a prison term of up to six months or a fine, the Electoral Commission added.

Who are the general election candidates in Richmond and Northallerton?

Jason Barnett (Independent)

Count Binface (Count Binface Party)

Daniel George Callaghan (Liberal Democrats)

Angie Campion (Independent)

Louise Anne Dickens (Workers Party of Britain)

Kevin Foster (Green Party)

Rio Goldhammer (Yorkshire Party)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Brian Neil Richmond (Independent)

Sir Archibald Stanton (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

Rishi Sunak (Conservative Party)

Lee Martin Taylor (Reform UK)

Tom Wilson (Labour Party)

North Yorkshire Police said "we have been made aware of a potential electoral matter", which is being looked into, and West Midlands Police said they had "received the information and are liaising with the relevant authorities".

A spokesperson from Coventry City Council said: "The penalty for a false statement is either an unlimited fine in England and Wales, £10,000 in Scotland and/or up to one year's imprisonment.

"If a candidate who has knowingly made a false statement on their nomination paper is subsequently elected, the election result could be invalidated via a court process."

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A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: "Although we have received two nominations with the same name in different constituencies, they have come from two different people who say they are using names that they are legally entitled to use.

"We have no powers or ability to investigate such issues, and have to accept information on nominations at face value, with very rare exceptions.

"We understand similar nominations have been received by several different local authorities."

Who are the general election candidates in Leeds East?

Tobie Abel (Liberal Democrats)

Richard Burgon (Labour Party)

Catherine Dobson (Social Democratic Party)

David Dresser (Reform UK)

Sam Firth (Conservative Party)

David Hough (Yorkshire Party)

Jennifer Norman (Green Party)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Pete Young (Independent)

Who are the general election candidates in Leeds South?

Muhammad Azeem (Workers Party of Britain)

Hilary Benn (Labour Party)

Janet Bickerdike (Christian Peoples Alliance)

Ed Carlisle (Green Party)

Karen Cooksley (Conservative and Unionist Party)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

George Sykes (Liberal Democrats)

Daniel Paul Whetstone (Social Democratic Party)

Who are the general election candidates in Coventry South?

Chris Baddon (Reform UK)

Mattie Heaven (Conservative Party)

Alastair Mellon (Social Democratic Party)

Joshua Dylan Morland (Independent)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Anne Patterson (Green Party)

Stephen Richmond (Liberal Democrats)

Zarah Sultana (Labour Party)

Mohammed Ali Syed (Workers Party of Britain)

Who are the general election candidates in Greenwich and Woolwich?

Chris Annous (Liberal Democrats)

Priyank Bakshi (Climate Party)

Jonathan Goff (Conservative Party)

Abdoul Aziz Ndiaye (Reform UK)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Matthew Pennycook (Labour Party)

Sheikh Raquib (Workers Party of Britain)

Stacy Smith (Green Party)

Who are the general election candidates in North West Essex?

Kemi Badenoch (Conservative Party)

Erik Bonino (Independent)

Edward Gildea (Green Party)

Andrew David Green (Independent)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Smita Rajesh (Liberal Democrats)

Grant StClair-Armstrong (Reform UK)

Issy Waite (Labour Party)

Who are general election candidates in Bermondsey and Old Southwark?

Rachel Bentley (Liberal Democrats)

Piers Corbyn (Independent)

Neil Coyle (Labour Party)

Barry Colin Duckett (Independent)

Susan Elizabeth Hunter (Green Party)

Jonathan Iliff (Conservative Party)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Tony Sharp (Reform UK)

Who are the general election candidates for Birmingham Perry Barr?

Kefentse Dennis (Green Party)

Sabah Hamed (Liberal Democrats)

Garry Hickton (Conservative Party)

Ayoub Khan (Independent)

Akshay Khuttan (Reform UK)

Khalid Mahmood (Labour Party)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Shangara Singh (Socialist Labour Party)

Who are the general election candidates for Dundee Central?

Daniel Coleman (Liberal Democrats)

Susan Ettle (Scottish Family Party)

Emma Farquhar (Conservative Party)

Chris Law (Scottish National Party)

Vicky McCann (Reform UK)

Richard McCready (Labour and Co-operative Party)

Jim McFarlane (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Raymond Mennie (Workers Party of Britain)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Alan Ross (Alba Party)

Who are the general election candidates for Stockton West?

Nigel Frederick Boddy (Liberal Democrats)

Monty Brack (Independents for Direct Democracy)

Vivek Chhabra (Independent)

Joe Dancey (Labour Party)

Stephen Matthews (Reform UK)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Anna-Maria Toms (Green Party)

Matt Vickers (Conservative Party)

Mohammed Zaroof (Independent)

Who are the general election candidates in Ealing Southall?

Darshan Singh Azad (Workers Party of Britain)

Sangeet Kaur Bhail (Independent)

Joe Bhangu (Independent)

Georgie Callé (Conservative Party)

Steve Chilcott (Reform UK)

Pedro Da Conceicao (Independent)

Deirdre Costigan (Labour Party)

Tariq Mahmood (Liberal Democrats)

Niko Omilana (Independent)

Neil Reynolds (Green Party)

Jaginder Singh (Independent)

Peter Ward (Rejoin EU)

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