Phone ban in voting booths

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2004, 12:00am
 

The elections watchdog is proposing voters be required to switch off their mobile or camera phones when casting votes in the coming Legislative Council election.


The penalty for failing to comply would be a fine of up to $5,000 and a maximum three months' imprisonment, the Electoral Affairs Commission said. It also proposes curtains partitioning polling booths be removed so electoral officers can monitor voting.


Some Hongkongers have reported being pressured by mainland relatives to photograph their ballots to prove they voted for pro-Beijing candidates.


Meanwhile, police yesterday identified two more cases of likely voter registration irregularities relating to a women's centre in Tseung Kwan O, bringing the total of such cases to 19. The commission has referred 485 registration forms to police.


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