Claims of loopholes in law 'false'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 August, 1999, 12:00am

Chim's allegations that there were loopholes in electoral laws on corruption were false, according to a legislator and an academic.

Chim said he had been trapped by ill-defined laws.

Ivan Choy Chi-keung, lecturer of applied social studies at City University, said Chim had broken the law.

'His case is not ambiguous at all. He asked others to support specific candidates during the meal. Being an experienced legislator, he should have known he had to prevent himself from coming under suspicion,' Mr Choy said.

Legislator Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said the election laws were well-defined.

It was the candidates' responsibility to keep elections clean.

Mr Chan conceded some activities which were acceptable in normal times would become offences during elections.

'Some people may be used to treating friends to meals. But they have to mind their behaviour during elections,' he said.

Democrat legislator James To Kun-sun said: 'Election laws have always been here. Everybody knows what they should not do.' NO KWAI-YAN