A voter’s residential address was changed to his office address by an unknown individual using a forged signature, meaning he became a registered voter in another district.

The voter only realised that his registered address had been changed after being contacted by Ming Pao, who examined the provisional register of electors published by the Registration and Electoral Office.

Hong Kong’s Central district. Photo: Flickr via lileepod.

A false application form submitted to Registration and Electoral Office (REO) on May 22 showed the address change and a forged signature. The form was obtained by the man after being notified by the newspaper.

The man had not submitted a request to change his address. He said, “I did not know this could happen in Hong Kong.” He criticised the REO for accepting the form.

The voter was originally registered in the Southern District using the his home address in Pok Fu Lam. However, the register listed his office address, Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan.

The change made him a voter in the Chung Wan constituency under the Central and Western District.

Voters can check their registration particulars online from now until August 25. Photo: Registration and Electoral Office.

The REO told the paper that they are investigating the incident. The voter had also filed a police report.

The provisional registers of electors and omissions lists are open for inspection until August 25. Voters can check details in the registration to ensure they’re up to date.

Kris Cheng

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.