Around 20 Democratic Party members gathered outside the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Headquarters Building on Tuesday morning to submit a petition to the corruption watchdog. The petitioners allege that there were cases of suspected vote rigging in Tai Pak Tin, Kwai Tsing during the District Council elections in November.
Petitioners chanted slogans such as “Elections must be fair and clean” and “ICAC investigate immediately”, and carried out a ceremony symbolising the removal of the rigged votes. They were led by Democratic Party Vice-Chairperson Andrew Wan Siu-kin and Tai Pak Tin candidate Sammy Tsui Sang-hung, who lodged an official complaint with the ICAC.
The demonstrators said that they had read about the suspicions of vote rigging in the news and after an investigation, they believed these to be well-founded. They also said that they will be making a complaint to the police and the Registration and Electoral Office.
The news reports stated that the number of registered voters in Tai Pak Tin increased dramatically before the last elections. The number had decreased from 8557 in 2011 to 7364 in 2014, but then suddenly went up by 28 percent to 9423 this year.
Petitioners said that the incident showed there was a loophole with the voter registration system and urged the Registration and Electoral Office to review and investigate the case, Oriental Daily reported.
Tsui, who received 1997 votes, was beaten by The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB)’s Jody Kwok, who was elected with 2884 votes.
According to Apple Daily, six voters with five different surnames were registered to a DAB volunteer’s residence, while an elderly voter who originally belonged to the Shek Lei South constituency said that he provided his personal details for an address change after Kwok gave his wife a present. The registers of electors showed that there were at least 41 new registered voters who moved from Shek Lei South in 2011 to Tai Pai Tin in the last elections.
Kwok issued a statement on Monday, condemning the news reports and denying the allegations made in them, saying she reserved her right to take legal action.