Unusual voter registrations have surfaced in the Tai Pak Tin constituency in Kwai Tsing in which a pro-Beijng candidate pulled off a stunning upset in last month’s district elections.
Apple Daily is citing its own investigation for the finding after Jody Kwok of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong defeated 20-year incumbent Sammy Tsui of the Democratic Party.
Kwok received 2,884 votes to Tsui’s 1,997, although the figure was 347 more than his winning result four years ago.
The number of registered voters rose an average of 3.7 percent across Hong Kong last year but Tai Pak Tin, an old district, showed a 28 percent increase to 9,423 this year from 7,364 in July 2014, according to Apple Daily.
It said the registered residential addresses of at least 41 new voters in Tai Pak Tin were public housing estates in the neighboring Shek Lei constituency during the 2011 elections.
The report said the change of address was no coincidence.
It cited an elderly couple, surnamed Ng and Lee, whose residential address had been changed to The Apex, which is part of the Pak Tin constituency, from Shek On House in Shek Lei Estate.
Ng told reporters Kwok had helped his wife change her residential address for voting purposes.
He and his wife still live in their Shek On unit, Ng was quoted as saying.
Ng said his wife babysits their grandson in their son’s apartment in The Apex during the day.
He said his wife was persuaded by Kwok’s supporters to change her address when she ran into them outside their son’s apartment building.
In another case, the newspaper said one of three voters who lived in the same flat in Shek Lei Estate in 2011 had moved to Tai Pak Tin earlier this year.
He had changed his residential address even though he continues to live in Shek Lei Estate, according to a flatmate cited by the reporters.
On Nov. 22, election day, several media reports said groups of seniors were bussed to voting stations by Putonghua-speaking workers.
Kwok’s campaign fielded 200 volunteers who went door to door in Tai Pak Tin, the reports said.
Kwok refused to comment when pressed by the reporters nine times about the revelations.
In a statement Monday, she denied the Apple Daily report and said she reserves the right to sue.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party condemned any act of vote-rigging and demanded an investigation into the matter.
The Registration and Electoral Office said it has passed all complaints to law enforcement authorities.
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