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Legislative Council elections 2016

Still not adding up: two more Hong Kong polling stations had more votes counted than ballots, report claims

News agency puts total discrepancy following city’s September 4 legislative elections at 831 votes

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 September, 2016, 4:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 2:38pm

Fresh reports of voting irregularities in the Legislative Council elections earlier this month have emerged, with the votes counted in two more stations outnumbering the number of distributed ballots.

A local news agency has reported it found to date irregularities in at least five polling stations in the city, this after earlier reports of suspected vote-stuffing at three polling stations in Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O, and Tsuen Wan.

The Factwire report said there were about 200 extra votes combined at Ma Wan and another Tai Po station, pushing the total number of extra votes in the five polling stations to 831.

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Three of the five were in New Territories East constituency, and two were in New Territories West constituency.

The news agency studied the voting data at 96 of the city’s 571 polling stations, which it obtained from political parties and candidates’ representatives.

The day following the September 4 elections, a representative of New Territories East candidate Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang of Youngspiration reported an irregularity at Sheung Tak Community Hall counting station in Tseung Kwan O.

Leung claimed the number of counted votes was about 300 more than the 6,001 ballot papers that had been handed out.

He won a seat in the race.

A spokesman for the Registration and Electoral Office was unavailable to give an immediate response to Leung’s claim.

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But earlier, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said the Electoral Affairs Commission would give a detailed account of what had happened when it submitted its report on voting procedures.

He added the government would look for ways to improve the procedures.