Date
23 September 2017
Discrepancies in ballot papers and voter turnout at some polling stations have sparked concerns about irregularities in Hong Kong's recent Legco election. Photo: Reuters
Discrepancies in ballot papers and voter turnout at some polling stations have sparked concerns about irregularities in Hong Kong's recent Legco election. Photo: Reuters

Ballot mismatch uncovered in at least 5 Legco voting stations

At least five polling stations in the recent Legislative Council election had more ballots that the actual number of people who turned up to vote at the stations, an investigation has revealed.

According to FactWire News Agency, the mismatch between ballot papers and the voter turnout at the five stations adds up to a total of 831, fueling concern about voting irregularities and possible stuffing of ballot boxes.  

A total of 571 voting stations were set up by the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) for the Sept. 4 Legco contest.

Of those stations, discrepancies were found in at least five in terms of the figures not adding up when you compare the ballot papers issued and the number of people who voted, says FactWire.

The news agency conducted a study after compiling ballot figures from 96 stations, taking information from monitoring officers and various political parties.

An additional 257 ballots were found at the Sheung Tak Community Hall station in Sai Kung, while 278 more ballots were counted at the Hong Kong Teachers’ Association Lee Heng Kwei Secondary School station in Tai Po.

There were 93 extra ballots at the Sham Tseng Catholic Primary School station in Tsuen Wan, 103 at the C.C.C. Kei Wai Primary School station in Tsuen Wan, and 100 such cases at the Wan Tau Tong Neighbourhood Community Centre in Tai Po.

FactWire said voter registration records at the above five stations were amended after the elections. At the Wan Tau Tong station, the total number of voters was revised upward to 4,908 about four hours after the end of the voting time. At the Sheung Tak station, the official record was being revised from 6,001 to 6,301.

Following the reports of the mismatch in vote tallies, the REO said it will look into the incidents and that it will conduct a comprehensive review on related issues.

A spokesperson, meanwhile, pointed out that voting station officers usually tally the total number of voters on an hourly basis during the voting time in order to provide a tentative voter figure, which could later be amended by the officer in charge at each voting station.

The REO said it will conduct an investigation into the reported discrepancies and submit a report to the Chief Executive within three months.

Tai Po polling station officer accused of altering voter numbers (Sept. 7, 2016)

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