Pro-establishment legislator Christopher Chung Shu-kun, who ran for re-election in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency, defended his wife’s action of writing his candidate number on the palms of several seniors on Sunday.
Chung’s wife was seen writing the numbers 5 and 809 on the palms of several old people outside Chung’s office in Chai Wan with a marker pen, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The numbers correspond to the respective candidate numbers of Chung and Holden Chow Ho-ding, who is running for a Legislative Council seat in the District Council (Second) functional constituency.
Both Chung and Chow are members of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB).
Meanwhile, it was reported the Shun Yan Elderly Centre in To Kwa Wan distributed small cards that could fit on the palms of its patients to remind them to vote for DAB candidates.
Some of the patients in the nursing home said they only voted because they were asked to.
NowTV news channel reported that an elderly center in Western District had arranged for helpers to take its wheelchair-bound patients to the voting stations.
However, the so-called volunteers declined to identify themselves and prevented their wards from answering questions from reporters.
According to Reuters, two Chinese state-owned enterprises – Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and China Resources Property Ltd. – gave its Hong Kong-based employees a list of pro-Beijing candidates to support in Sunday’s election.
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