Date
24 October 2018
The Registration and Electoral Office is looking into a case where a dead woman was sought to be registered as a voter in Sham Shui Po. Photo: HKEJ
The Registration and Electoral Office is looking into a case where a dead woman was sought to be registered as a voter in Sham Shui Po. Photo: HKEJ

Dead woman’s ID found used in voter registration bid

A dead woman was sought to be registered as a voter by an unknown group in an incident that took place in Sham Shui Po, according to a district councilor.

Yeung Yuk, who represents Lai Chi Kok South, said he had been informed by a constituent about receipt of a verification letter from the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) in relation to a family member.

The citizen was perplexed as the document in relation to voter registration was about the person’s grandmother, who had been dead for seven years, said Yeung, who represents the group Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood.

The district councilor told the Hong Kong Economic Journal that he suspects satellite groups of the establishment bloc may be behind the fake voter registration attempts. 

Such groups collect personal information including Hong Kong identity card numbers during membership registration or while handing out gifts, he alleged.

The REO, meanwhile, said it has been examining the case since June 15 and that it issued a letter for clarification because of incorrect ID card number.

If the individual concerned is confirmed to be dead during verification, the voter registration application will not be processed, it said.

The case has now been referred to the relevant law enforcement authority for follow-up action, the office added.

During voter registration, information is cross-checked with data from the Immigration Department, as well as a list provided by the Births and Deaths Registration Office, the REO pointed out.

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