Icac receives 21 village poll complaints The ICAC has received 21 complaints alleging irregularities in the forthcoming village representative elections at the close of nominations yesterday. A 24-hour hotline, 2920 6530, has been set up for public inquiries about the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance. More than 167,000 voters from 707 villages will choose their leaders for the first time in a public election this summer. Elections were held privately in the past, with different villages having different rules. villa pinada developer is hit with another writ The property firm behind the failed Villa Pinada development has been hit with another writ seeking payment of outstanding bills. Works contractor CWF Piling & Civil Engineering Company Limited filed the writ in the High Court seeking to recover from True Gold Investments $6.35 million - the balance outstanding on a $14.7 million contract for carrying out design and construction of pile foundation works for a residential development in Chung Shan, Tuen Mun. Tai Chi-wah, 47, director of True Gold Investments and managing director of Gold Face Holdings, is one of two executives of the property subsidiary charged with conspiracy to defraud over Villa Pinada. He is free on a bail of $1.8 million. jury formed in housing authority piling case A jury of nine has been formed to preside over a trial involving seven men accused of deceiving the Housing Authority over substandard piling at a Tin Shui Wai housing project. The seven are: engineers Lo Kwan-shing, 66, So Wing-pui, 57, Wong Shun-wah, 37, Chan Tit-shau, 46; assistant clerk To Man-kum, 32; and works supervisors Lau Kuen-fai, 28, and Lau Sai-man, 28. They have all pleaded not guilty to a total of three charges of conspiracy to defraud. To and the two Laus have denied five other charges of using a false instrument. Prosecutor Peter Callaghan will outline the prosecution's case against the accused today.