A campaign against Occupy Central accepted signatures from members of the public without verifying their identity, according to Apple Daily which sent reporters to sign petitions in Causeway Bay on Monday.
The Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) said it had collected 800,000 signatures for its petition campaign in the space of three days. On Monday, 148,530 signatures were added, 30,700 of which were collected online.
But some members of the public pointed out that some of the names are the Chinese equivalent of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Yellow Ribbon.
ADP’s public relations consultant Gary Cheng said such names would be classified as problematic entries and will be cancelled.
The pro-Beijing ADP said supporters’ identity will be verified upon signing, but many people said there is no verification mechanism.
There were also reports that people have signed more than one petition form.
An Apple Daily reporter said he was only asked to fill in his name and phone number but was not asked for his identity card.
At a petition station on Percival Street, volunteer workers asked the reporters to take home some blank forms so that family members and even relatives in the mainland could also sign to support the campaign.
When asked if any identity verification would be required, the volunteers said no, and only asked for completed forms to be returned to the station.
A woman surnamed Ho said she was surrounded by ADP volunteers who asked her to sign the petition. Ho said she had to seek help from a district councillor before she could leave the scene.
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