Date
16 January 2017
Presiding officer Wong Yuk-shum (right) is said to have called in the police to eject an election agent from the vote counting center. Photos: TVB, iCable News
Presiding officer Wong Yuk-shum (right) is said to have called in the police to eject an election agent from the vote counting center. Photos: TVB, iCable News

Tai Po polling station officer accused of altering voter numbers

Localist groups Hong Kong Indigenous and Youngspiration have accused the presiding officer at the polling station in Tai Po of violating election regulations during the counting of votes in Sunday’s Legislative Council election.

In a joint statement, the two political parties said Wong Yuk-shum, assigned at the Hong Kong Teachers’ Association Lee Heng Kwei Secondary School, rejected repeated requests by their election agents for a recount of the ballots after it was learned that there were nearly 300 more ballots counted than the actual number of people who had voted at the polling station, news website hk01.com reports.

Wong also called in the police to forcibly remove an election agent from the vote counting center, resulting in multiple scratches and injury to the agent’s wrist, the groups said.

Youngspiration said two of its election agents saw Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) staff leaving the polling station with two black suitcases and returning later with two cases loaded with ballot stubs.

The group said requests made by election agents to count the ballot stubs and check them against the list of registered voters were all rejected.

Wong then prepared to announce the election results without resolving the discrepancies in the number of ballots and ordered all election agents to leave the premises, the group said.

Wong explained that the EAC staff made mistakes so they needed to amend the number of voters.

But when asked by media when the amendments were made and how many voters were involved, Wong refused to comment, Apple Daily reported.

Youngspiration and Hong Kong Indigenous said they were gathering more evidence and were considering filing an election petition after discussing the matter with legal advisers.

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