A voter’s residential address was changed to his office address by an unknown individual using a forged signature, meaning he became a registered voter in another district.
The voter only realised that his registered address had been changed after being contacted by Ming Pao, who examined the provisional register of electors published by the Registration and Electoral Office.
A false application form submitted to Registration and Electoral Office (REO) on May 22 showed the address change and a forged signature. The form was obtained by the man after being notified by the newspaper.
The man had not submitted a request to change his address. He said, “I did not know this could happen in Hong Kong.” He criticised the REO for accepting the form.
The voter was originally registered in the Southern District using the his home address in Pok Fu Lam. However, the register listed his office address, Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan.
The change made him a voter in the Chung Wan constituency under the Central and Western District.
The REO told the paper that they are investigating the incident. The voter had also filed a police report.
The provisional registers of electors and omissions lists are open for inspection until August 25. Voters can check details in the registration to ensure they’re up to date.