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Democratic Party trio complain of vote-rigging and smear tactics

Candidates file complaints with watchdog over alleged vote-rigging and a sexual slur,while Albert Ho laughs off talk that he has cancer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 September, 2012, 10:54am

Three Democratic Party members cried foul yesterday over an alleged case of vote-rigging and false claims made against them ahead of the Legislative Council election on Sunday.

Two of them, James To Kun-sun and Wong Sing-chi, filed complaints with the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

"Super seat" candidate To said he had received two reports from voters about suspected vote-rigging.

In one of the reports, a voter said he lived alone in a Tsz Wan Shan flat but received election material addressed to four other voters carrying four different surnames.

"The complainant says he doesn't know any of the other four, so it is likely that someone is rigging votes," To said.

To is running for one of five "super seats" in the functional constituency for district councils, to be decided by 3.2 million voters - those without a vote in any other functional constituency.

His party colleague Wong, who is contesting a seat in the New Territories East constituency, said some candidates had received a text message on Wednesday night that claimed to contain a hyperlink to 30 sexually explicit pictures involving him.

Meanwhile, antoher "super seat" contestant, Albert Ho Chun-yan, the Democratic Party chairman, said his colleagues had received an e-mail that claimed he had been diagnosed with cancer and would quit the election.

Ho laughed off the claim, and said he would not lodge a complaint.

Besides To and Ho, the 18 contestants for "super seats" include Frederick Fung Kin-kee, Starry Lee Wai-king, Lau Kong-wah, Chan Yuen-han and Pamela Peck Wan-kam.

Separately, Beijing-loyalist Federation of Trade Unions honorary president Cheng Yiu-tong criticised ally the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. He said he had heard from many members that DAB supporters were asking voters not to support FTU candidates, claiming they already had enough votes to win.

"We regret that some people are resorting to spreading such rumours," Cheng said.

Other than Wong, candidates for New Territories East include James Tien Pei-chun, "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, Ip Wai-ming, Emily Lau Wai-hing, Angel Leung On-kay, Scarlett Pong Oi-lan, Elizabeth Quat, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, Yau Wing-kwong, Gary Chan Hak-kan, Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, Gary Fan Kwok-wai, Ronny Tong Ka-wah, Raymond Ho Man-kit, Pong Yat-ming, Christine Fong Kwok-shan and Chan Kwok-keung.



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