'List system' hopefuls to monitor each other

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 December, 1997, 12:00am

Candidates running in the geographical polls will have to allocate campaign expenses between them, according to the commission.

A proportional representation 'list system' has been adopted for the May 24 polls. Voters will choose candidates grouped together on party lists.

Mr Justice Woo said individual candidates on a list would be held responsible for the amount of money they had been authorised to spend by the others on the list.

This was because the Corruption and Illegal Practices Ordinance, which dealt with election malpractices, targeted only individuals, he said.

Under the legislation, a candidate who spends more than the limit can be jailed for up to three years and fined a maximum $100,000.

Mr Justice Woo said donations for elections should be made to the list of candidates instead of to individuals. Any donations exceeding $500 would have to be declared to the commission. The information may be made public.