Date
24 May 2017
Ip Kin-yuen (fourth from left) says some employees of solicitor firms have complained that their own votes have been taken by their employers. Photo: SocRec
Ip Kin-yuen (fourth from left) says some employees of solicitor firms have complained that their own votes have been taken by their employers. Photo: SocRec

HKU concern group raises proxy fears in key vote

A concern group comprising University of Hong Kong (HKU) alumni wants spot checks on voters in a planned referendum over the long-delayed appointment of a pro vice chancellor.

The group is making the move after complaints some members will be represented by proxies.  

Ming Pao Daily is reporting that some proxy votes will be exercised by pro-Beijing interests.

The referendum is being called for Sept. 1 by HKU Convocation, a statutory body of HKU alumni.

Members will vote on several proposals including a motion by the HKU Alumni Concern Group to speed up the appointment of a pro vice chancellor within 30 days.

Spokesman Ip Kin-yuen said some employees of solicitor firms have complained that their own votes have been taken by their bosses.

Ip said these employees could have been forced to give up their rights under pressure.

He urged alumni to vote in person, saying the number of ballots in questionable hands is not known.

Meanwhile, a group of pro-establishment alumni headed by Lawrence Pang is seeking proxies from other graduates to defeat the pro vice chancellor motion.

Pang said he has no idea if pro-Beijing chambers of commerce are collecting proxies from their employees.

He said his group is seeking proxies within the alumni’s personal network and that he supports voter spot checks.

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