A 40-year-old woman and her 58-year-old aunt from the mainland have pleaded guilty to multiple counts of forgery stemming from 13 false voter registrations in 2015.
The women, both surnamed Hung, used four residential addresses in Tuen Mun to register 13 friends and relatives who actually live elsewhere, according to court documents cited by Apple Daily.
Magistrate Minnie Wat denounced the defendants for committing the offences in a “premeditated and organized manner”.
The younger Hung, who claimed she has two properties in Hong Kong, said she was not looking for financial gain but was merely trying to help her aunt who is illiterate.
Hung said she subsequently helped six other people complete their voter registration.
The defendants argued that no vote-rigging was involved because that would have entailed changing a voter’s registered address.
They said they have no interest in politics.
The Electoral Affairs Office received the applications on June 30 last year and found that the handwriting on 13 documents looked similar, according to Ming Pao Daily.
Police investigators later confirmed that all 13 registrations used four Tuen Mun residential addresses owned by the younger Hung, her husband and sister-in-law.
Hung was arrested in September 2015 and confessed to helping her aunt complete the voter registration process, hoping to boost her chances of getting right of abode in Hong Kong.
Hung’s aunt was subsequently arrested.
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