Election Notebook: Hong Kong anti-graft body to probe threat allegations forcing candidate to halt poll campaigning
Independent Commission Against Corruption tells Liberal and Labour parties that they are investigating the case
The city’s corruption watchdog will investigate allegations that the Liberal Party’s Ken Chow Wing-kan faced threats to withdraw from the Legislative Council election. Last Thursday, Chow dropped a bombshell when he announced during a televised debate that he would stop all electioneering, fearing that those close to him “would be caught in higher-level troubles and pay a heavy price”. Following Chow’s tearful announcement, a number of political parties filed complaints with the Independent Commission Against Corruption. On Monday afternoon, the Labour Party’s Chiu Yan-loy said he received a call from the commission, saying they would look into whether anyone had violated section 8 of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance. The section prohibits the use of threats to stop a person from standing for election. The Liberal Party also said the commission would look into their complaint. The party’s honorary chairwoman, Miriam Lau Kin-yee, will give evidence to the commission at a later date.
Ding-dong election forum prompts sharp intervention from veteran
At Cable TV’s forum on the New Territories East race last week, the Liberal Party’s Dominic Lee Tsz-king took on his former party colleague Christine Fong Kwok-shan. Lee first called Fong a “chameleon” who now pretended to be a pan-democrat. Fong retorted that she quit the Liberals because they “helped those with vested interests”. “You are a liar,” Lee declared. “I expose you now: you forced your mentor James Tien Pei-chun to let you be the first on the list and he as second in running for Legco. Do you admit this is true?” Just as Fong retorted that Lee had wronged her, Tien, who is No 2 on Lee’s list, stood up and told everyone: “That day you [Fong] came to my office and said you wanted to be No 1. I said you were not even an elected district councillor and you should run for such a seat first. That night you quit the party.” A big round of applause followed, while Fong could only carry on to argue other issues with Lee.
Facebook to play a role in pushing voter turnout
Social media platform Facebook will do its part to remind Hongkongers to vote on Sunday. As part of its initiative called “megaphone”, Facebook users above the age of 18 will receive a message on their news feed reminding them to head to the polls on September 4. The initiative was previously implemented in neighbouring countries including South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Hong Kong will be the sixth place in the region to have the initiative rolled out. Earlier this month, it ranked the popularity of Legco candidates by the number of “likes” they received on their page. The League of Social Democrats’ “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung topped the list with 205,300.
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