The conduct of elections in Birmingham is under the spotlight again over allegations that a Labour party activist kept a ballot box and blank ballot papers in his home on the night before the General Election.
It is also claimed that Walyat Hussain personally took the box containing 800 completed votes to the General Election count at the National Indoor Arena after the close of polls on May 5, contravening official procedures.
The alleged incidents occurred in the Ladywood constituency, where Labour MP Clare Short was re-elected with a sharply reduced majority.
Ladywood is already the subject of a separate investigation into claims that vanloads of Bosnians turned up at polling stations to vote fraudulently.
The latest allegations have strengthened the resolve of Liberal Democrat activists who are considering bringing an election petition to the High Court in an attempt to get the Ladywood poll re-run.
Mr Hussain, a Labour member for more than 30 years, denies any wrong doing.
His daughter, Shamim Akhtar, served as presiding officer at Broadway School on May 5.
Mr Hussain admits accompanying his daughter to collect the ballot box, blank ballot papers and electoral roll, but insists that the box remained in Ms Akhtar's house.
An investigation has been ordered by Lin Homer, Birmingham City Council chief executive and returning officer.
A council spokeswoman said: "It is the responsibility of the presiding officer to deliver ballot boxes. We are investigating this case."
She added that the findings of the inquiry would "be shared with the police".
Ayoub Khan, the defeated Liberal Democrat candidate in Ladywood, said he would be raising the issue of how the General Election was run with Mrs Homer.
He said: "I will be discussing other issues with Lin Homer and requesting that at future elections we have presiding officers and deputy presiding officers who are not from the local area and, if possible, from outside Birmingham.
"I have always thought that a senior council official would be responsible for taking ballot boxes to and from the polling stations."
Following last Thursday's result, which saw Ms Short retain her seat by 6,801 votes over Mr Khan, he raised questions about possible "personation" in the constituency but conceded it would not have affected the overall result.