Three people who registered to vote in this year’s district elections named a five-star hotel as their residential address, according to a report in Ming Pao.

The provisional register for the District Council election in November showed that three people named the Island Shangri-La in Admiralty as their residential addresses, qualifying them to become registered voters for the Chung Wan constituency in the Central and Western District.

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Photo: Island Shangri -La/Wikimedia
Three people had named the Island Shangri-La as their residential address ahead of the District Council election. Photo: Island Shangri-La/Wikimedia

Bian Yiping, honorary president of the Hangzhou Residents Association in Hong Kong, named “Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty” as his residential address.

Two other people listing the same address, Bian Yuan and Liang Xiaofeng, were co-directors with Bian Yiping of two related companies located in Wan Chai.

A spokesperson for Registration and Electoral Office said that the Department of Justice reviewed the information the three people provided and approved their applications.

The Hangzhou Residents Association signed a petition against Occupy protests in August 2014. Zhang Junsheng, the Association’s other honorary president, was the deputy director of the Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong.

The three were not registered in the last District Council election in 2011.

Ted Hui Chi-fung, Democratic Party incumbent councillor for the district, said, “It might set a bad precedent that people who do not live in the district can cast a vote there.”

Hui won his seat by 151 votes more than his main opponent Wai Pui-shuen. There were 5,217 voters in the district in 2011.

Wai moved into a small flat in the district with five members of her family before the 2011 election, according to a report in Oriental Daily. In response to questions regarding the legitimacy of the votes cast using the address, Wai said that they had been in the flat for more than a year prior to the election.

The provisional register of voters is open for public inspection from August 1-25, 2015.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.