Date
25 June 2017
Mr. A (with hood and face mask), accompanied by lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, said the callers asked him about his voting decisions. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Lam Cheuk-ting
Mr. A (with hood and face mask), accompanied by lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, said the callers asked him about his voting decisions. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Lam Cheuk-ting

Functional constituency elector harassed by anonymous calls

An elector from a Legislative Council functional constituency said he has received five anonymous calls since last Monday, inquiring about his voting decisions in the last Legislative Council and chief executive elections, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The calls coincided with the theft of two laptop computers containing personal data of all voters after the chief executive election on March 26.

The elector, who preferred to be referred to as Mr. A, represents the sports, performing arts, culture and publication functional constituency.

He said he received five calls, all without caller numbers being displayed on his phone screen, last Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The callers, who all had a mainland accent, said they were from the Hong Kong Research Association. Calling his mobile and home phone numbers, they inquired about his voting decisions in the two previous elections.

He said his mother also received a similar call asking her if she knew him in person.

Mr. A said apart from his record with the Registration and Electoral Office (REO), only a handful of close relatives would have his home phone number.

In last year’s Legco election, Mr. A said he voted for Adrian Chow, who lost.

He said he was shocked when one of the callers asked why he did not vote for Ma Fung-kwok, who eventually won the Legco seat.

The caller even claimed to have knowledge that Mr. A had signed an agreement to cast his vote for Chow.

Mr. A said he was aware that similar calls were made to fellow electors who supported Chow.

He said he participated in a protest outside a polling station during the Legco election, and he suspected he was being harassed because of his political stance.

Although the callers did not issue any threats, Mr. A said he was deeply troubled by their calls, especially since the calls happened after the theft of the REO laptop computers at the Asia World Expo.

Mr. A said he will consider calling the police if he receives such calls again.

The REO said it is assisting police investigating the theft of the computers, and reiterated that voters’ phone numbers and voting decisions are not stored in those computers.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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