Date
20 January 2017
EAC has looked into some atypical addresses provided for voter registration and found valid grounds to accept those designated places, said Barnabas Fung. According to reports, a person even gave a lamppost as his address. Photos: Now News, Internet
EAC has looked into some atypical addresses provided for voter registration and found valid grounds to accept those designated places, said Barnabas Fung. According to reports, a person even gave a lamppost as his address. Photos: Now News, Internet

EAC admits to some unusual addresses in voter registrations

The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) has rejected reports of irregularities in the voter lists that were released at end-July, but admitted that some people had been registered with unconventional addresses.

Barnabas Fung, the commission’s chairman, said some voters needed to be registered with unusual addresses because of housing issues, RTHK reported.

Fung cited a UN Human Rights Convention which says that no person should be stripped of his voting rights because of his address, or lack of one, the report said.

The comments came in the wake of reports that some voters in the lists released on July 31, ahead of the district council elections scheduled for November, had given false addresses for registration.

According to Apple Daily, there were 10 cases where voters have registered public spaces such as the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre, a park or even a lamppost as their address.

Questioned by reporters, Fung said the EAC has thoroughly investigated each of the atypical addresses registered, and that it was determined that there were valid grounds to accept some designated places as the persons’ only or main residence. 

With regard to complaints from some people at elderly homes that they have been registered without their knowledge or consent, chief electoral officer Li Pak-hong said the EAC will launch investigations and that cases will be transferred to law enforcement agencies where applicable.

In other comments, Li said calls for immediate inspection of all elderly homes, on the basis of stray media reports, are unreasonable.

However, he assured that the EAC will conduct active checks every two or three years on elderly homes in Hong Kong as those facilities see frequent changes in residents.

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