Delays plague mock count

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 May, 1998, 12:00am

Officials are confident vote counting tomorrow night will run more smoothly than a problem-plagued rehearsal yesterday.

The exercise, attended by 2,000 counting staff at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, was delayed for nearly an hour.

Counting by the New Territories West team was halted after it was found some documents had not been signed before ballot boxes were sent to the counting centre.

After a 30-minute delay for discussions among senior supervisors, the staff decided to proceed without the offending documents.

Deputy chief electoral officer Chan Yuk-lun, who oversaw the mock count, admitted the rehearsal started a little later than he expected.

'That's why we have to rehearse beforehand. It's better to encounter such hiccups now than during the real count,' he said.

He was confident the situation would be improved for the real count tomorrow which is expected to be finished by Monday night.