Date
23 July 2017
Four people used the same address at Choi Fai Estate in Ngau Chi Wan to register as electors for the IT constituency, but the owner of the unit does not know them. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ
Four people used the same address at Choi Fai Estate in Ngau Chi Wan to register as electors for the IT constituency, but the owner of the unit does not know them. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ

Bets for IT functional constituency urge vote rigging probe

Two candidates running for the seat of the information technology functional constituency have called for an investigation into possible massive vote rigging in the coming Legislative Council election.

Charles Mok, the incumbent lawmaker representing the IT sector, sent a letter to the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) calling its attention to the sharp rise in the number of registered electors in his constituency to 12,000, from just about 6,700 in the last election in 2012, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Suspecting an organized attempt at election fraud, Mok urged the REO to review the registration list and remove those who are not qualified to vote.

He also said the situation has made it difficult for him to assess his chances of winning.

Eric Yeung, convenor of Smart City Consortium and Mok’s rival in the constituency, also demanded a probe.

He said vote rigging is unacceptable, and the authorities should take all measures to correct the situation.

Apple Daily said its investigation revealed several cases of possible vote rigging.

The newspaper cited as an example the case of four people who used the same address at Choi Fai Estate, a public housing estate in Ngau Chi Wan, to register as electors for the IT constituency, but the owner of the unit said he did not know them and none of the members of his family members work in the IT sector.

However, the REO said available evidence shows that the electors in question were all qualified.

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