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Hong Kong voter found to be registered on 27th floor of 19-storey building

A Hong Kong voter was found to be registered in an address on the 27th floor of a residential building which only has 19 floors, drawing attention once again to potential voter registration fraud.

The pro-democracy Civic Party reported the case to authorities on Tuesday. The party said three other people in the same building at Hoi Fu Court in Mong Kok were registered on the non-existent 22nd and 26th floor.

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Four members of the Civic Party reported the suspected voter registration fraud to the Registration and Electoral Office. Photo: Claudia Mo

Andy Yu Tak-po from the party expressed concerns the “phantom voters” were “planted” deliberately for this year’s district council elections in November, according to a report in Stand News.

Vice chairwoman of the party Tanya Chan told HKFP it’s not the first time peculiar addresses were found in the voter registration system.

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The button panel inside a elevator at the Hoi Fu Court. Photo: Stand News.

“The Registration and Electoral Office should allocate some resources to do a basic screening to find suspicious addresses ,” Chan said, “Obvious ones like lamp posts, parks and flats that don’t exist should be looked into,” Chan said.

Earlier this month, Apple Daily reported a lamp post was registered as a voter address. The Registration and Electoral Office later said it has accepted the address after it found a homeless person was living there.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party said it has also found suspicious voter addresses. Chai Man-hon, a district councillor from the party, said on Facebook that he and his team will file a complaint to the Registration and Electoral Office. Chai also urged authorities to kick out voters who deliberately register wrong addresses from its system.

In 2011, a flat in Sham Shui Po was found to be the registered address of 13 voters with seven different family names, reported Apple Daily. According to a report by Ming Pao, three people who registered to vote in the district elections named a five-star hotel as their residential address this month.

Chairman of the Registration and Electoral Office Fung Wah said earlier this year over 40,000 voters were unenlisted after their addresses were found to be false.

Hong Kong voter found to be registered on 27th floor of 19-storey building