Time tight for voters to appeal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 November, 1997, 12:00am

Concerns were raised yesterday about the tight schedule for May's Legislative Council elections.

The timetable leaves only six days for handling appeals on voter registration.

At a meeting of the provisional legislature's sub-committee vetting the subsidiary election bills, chairman Ip Kwok-him asked if more time could be given for the appeals.

Under the Government's schedule, the electoral registration officer would hand appeal cases to the revising officer before February 23.

The revising officer, a magistrate or legal officer yet to be appointed by the Chief Justice, would have to rule before February 28.

Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Robin Ip Man-fai said the Government was working to a tight schedule, but was confident of handling all appeal applications.

He said the bill had provided for more than one revising officer to be appointed in case of a large number of appeals.