Ex-councillor avoids legal action
A former Ballymoney councillor — who resigned after questions were raised over his eligibility — will not face legal action after the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed that no charges will be brought against him.
Iain McAfee was elected as an independent in May 2011. He immediately “stepped back” as soon as a query over his eligibility was brought to the attention of Ballymoney Borough Council a few weeks after his election.
The 1972 Local Government (Northern Ireland) Act disqualifies a person from standing for election if they hold any paid office with a council.
He works as a health inequalities officer funded by the Public Health Agency, but is attached to Ballymena Council.
In the wake of the news over his ineligibility, police interviewed Mr McAfee and sent a file to the PPS to determine whether he had been in breach of electoral law. On Friday Mr McAfee received a letter saying no legal action would be taken.
“I’m delighted that this issue is going no further,” he said.