Woo Kwok-Hing

Watchdog regrets no wiretap oversight

A retiring government watchdog has not been allowed to access police wiretaps after 21/2 years of fighting for the power - and he may never get to.

Tuesday, 6 December, 2011, 12:00am

Bugging above board, says commissioner

It is unlikely law enforcement agencies are conducting unauthorised wiretapping or spying, the commissioner on the interception of communications and surveillance says.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Our judiciary is paying the price for spy law

The first report of the commissioner on interception of communications and surveillance is a revelation.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Report on snooping deserves close attention

Hong Kong has not long had a law that puts snooping on individuals by law enforcement agencies on a sound legal footing. Its passage through the Legislative Council last year was marked by acrimony and the government's refusal to adopt certain proposed amendments. Concerns remain about whether it strikes the right balance between combating crime and protecting personal privacy.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Inquiry may be delayed following resignation

The full hearing into claims of government interference in academic freedom at the Hong Kong Institute of Education may be delayed following the abrupt resignation of the inquiry's head.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Judge quits institute inquiry over his ties to key witness

My impartiality is in doubt, says Woo Kwok-hing, and reveals Fanny Law is official accused of seeking sackings

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Judges' impartiality in the spotlight

Secret surveillance is a double-edged sword. It can be used to protect society against crime and terror, and just as effectively for reprisals against people for their political or other views. The new surveillance law puts the burden on four judges who must vet spying applications from law enforcement agencies. However, there is much misunderstanding about the new system.

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Panel head urged to work doubly hard

His track record on the Electoral Affairs Commission, the body with the task of ensuring fair elections, was yesterday cited as reason for Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing to work doubly hard to gain public confidence in his new role as head of a panel vetting covert surveillance operations.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Spy panel must put accent on transparency

The controversy over the covert surveillance law, hastily enacted on Sunday, has not yet abated. Though concerns remain about the content of the legislation, the focus now must be on making it work as well as possible.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Ministers can campaign in July 10 election

Ministers will be allowed to join in electioneering for candidates in the chief executive race under proposed guidelines unveiled by the electoral watchdog yesterday.

16 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Poll chief should carry the can for blunders

The full extent of the administrative blunders that marred Sunday's Legislative Council election is still not known. But the picture that has emerged so far is disturbing. A multitude of problems that call into question the credibility of the polls has come to light.

16 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

More complaints of inducement and duress likely

A total of 85 complaints relating to the Legislative Council election have been received by the Electoral Affairs Commission and law enforcement bodies, commission chairman Justice Woo Kwok-hing said yesterday.

He said next month's election involved 106 lists of valid nominations. Three candidates had been disqualified.

8 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Intimidated voters urged to tell the police about it

The head of Hong Kong's election watchdog has urged people who feel they have been intimidated into voting for certain candidates in the Legislative Council election to report the matter to the police.

15 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

42 logos registered for Legco elections

Forty-two groups and individuals have registered campaign logos for September's Legislative Council elections.

The Electoral Affairs Commission said it had received applications from 36 groups and six individuals when the two-month registration period closed on Thursday. Another three individuals withdrew their applications.

3 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Contenders cannot quit poll race after being nominated

Candidates are not allowed to pull out of the Legislative Council polls after they are nominated, election watchdog chief Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing said yesterday.

Nor could the order of candidates on their lists be changed before polling day, the Electoral Affairs Commission chairman said.

26 Aug 2000 - 12:00am