Hopefuls' guidelines warning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 1994, 12:00am

CANDIDATES for the district board polls were yesterday warned they would face public censure if they ignored election guidelines.

Chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing, said in a briefing to candidates that the commission would tighten its enforcement of the guidelines next week.

''We have allowed candidates to correct their mistakes in the past couple of weeks and they should be much more familiar with the rules now.

''The benefit of the doubt enjoyed by candidates has been diminishing and the commission is ready to take action to denounce those found to have broken the rules,'' he said.

This is also a response to the large number of complaints - a total of 270 - recorded since nominations began.

Mr Justice Woo said that although most of the complaints were related to minor offences concerning election advertisements, the sheer quantity of complaints suggested there had not been sufficient regard for the law.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said officers had visited 485 candidates and made appointments with another 76.

Acting Governor Anson Chan Fang On-sang said she was pleased with the record number of nominations, especially the number of women.

According to the statistics of the Registration and Electoral Office, there are 97 women - about 13 per cent.