Pamela Peck Wan-kam accused of 'confusing voters'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 2:50am

Democratic Party candidate Josephine Chan Shu-ying says she will complain to graft-busters as "super seat" hopeful Pamela Peck Wan-kam is still using the wrong number on her election banners.

Candidates in geographical constituencies complained earlier this month that Peck was displaying No3 on her banners. A number is allocated for each geographical constituency in next month's Legislative Council election. Candidates for "super seats" - to be elected by a citywide ballot of 3.2 million voters - have numbers beginning with 8. Peck's banners should show No803.

Chan said Peck's banners were confusing voters in New Territories West, where Chan's slate has been given No3. She cast doubt on Peck's pledge to change the numbers on her 1,400 banners, made after the five candidates who drew No3 complained to the Electoral Affairs Commission two weeks ago.

"I don't think she is correcting them," Chan said.

Chan will take her complaint to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, citing laws against false statements about poll candidates.

Other candidates who drew No3 are also said to be considering legal action.

Peck hit back, and insisted that she had finished correcting almost all of the banners.

She declined to say whether she would check again for any that had been missed.

Peck accused the other parties of being childish. "If they want to complain, they can do it as much as they wish," she said.

Peck's super-seat rivals include Lau Kong-wah and Starry Lee Wai-king of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, James To Kun-sun and Albert Ho Chun-yan of the Democratic Party slates, Frederick Fung Kin-kee of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood and Chan Yuen-han of the Federation of Trade Unions.

Other New Territories West candidates are Leung Che-cheung, Alice Mak Mei-kuen, Albert Chan Wai-yip, Mak Ip-sing, Lee Wing- tat, Kwok Ka-ki, Michael Tien Puk-sun, Ho Kwan-yiu, Leung Yiu-chung, Chan Han-pan, Chan Keung, Lee Cheuk-yan, Tam Yiu-chung and Tsang Kin-shing and Chan Yut-wah.

The Electoral Affairs Commission said it would not comment on individual cases, but it is understood that the government has been in contact with Peck to ask her to correct all her banners as soon as possible.