Police determined to crack down on electoral fraud

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 November, 2004, 12:00am

Updated at 5.59pm:
Police say they are determined to stop any future attempts to damage the fairness and transparency of Hong Kong's electoral system.

The announcement by police comes in the wake of proceedings at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. A 39-year-old woman was convicted of making a false voter registration.

The defendant, who is a property agent, helped a 33-year-old man rent an apartment in Kowloon City in May, a spokesman explained.

After getting the man's personal particulars - and without seeking his consent - the woman completed a voter registration form and signed it in the man's name.

The man reported this to police after he received confirmation from the Registration and Electoral Office that he had been registered as a voter, added the spokesman.

Apart from a false signature and handwriting on the registration form, the man also discovered the contact telephone number used belonged to a property agency where the defendant worked, the spokesman revealed.

Following a police investigation, the defendant was arrested on August 18 by the Regional Crime Unit of Kowloon West. She was charged with one count of making a false statement, the spokesman said.

The defendant was convicted on Tuesday afternoon and sentenced to imprisonment for one month (suspended for three years) and fined $3,000.