The former mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has launched an appeal after being found guilty of “spiritual influence” and corruption.
Mr Rahman wants to submit a High Court appeal to a ruling by the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey.
The ex-mayor was convicted of illegal practices by Mr Mawrey in April after an Election Court trial.
Four voters led by writer and film-maker Andy Erlam had taken legal action against him under the Representation Of The People Act.
Mr Rahman wants Mr Mawrey’s ruling to be subjected to a judicial review in the High Court.
Lawyers representing him asked judges to give permission for a judicial review to be mounted at a High Court hearing in London yesterday. Mr Rahman was not at the hearing.
Judges are expected to make a decision on whether permission should be granted.