Ten more cases of “ghost voters” registered to fictitious addresses have been found in Tin Shui Wai while dozens more have emerged in Kowloon Tong, adding to a growing number of cases of potential voter registration fraud ahead of Hong Kong’s District Council elections.

At Tin Heng Estate’s Heng Wan House and Heng Chui House, where each floor has a maximum of 10 units, voters were registered to flats 13, 15 and 17. Others were registered to apartments identified by letters—a convention not followed at the estate.

Location of TIn Heng Estate. Photo: Google Maps.

A further two cases were also found at Tin Yat Estate in the Yuen Long district.

The Yuen Long District Council is represented by Michael Luk Chung-hung, a member of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. Luk suggested that the false addresses had simply been miswritten, which he described as “not surprising.”

The discovery, brought to the attention of local media by advocacy group Tin Shui Wai New Force, comes on the same day that 35 cases of “ghost voters” were presented to the Electoral Affairs Commission by the League of Social Democrats’ Dickson Chau.

In total, 118 voter registrations in Kowloon Tong’s Yau Yat Tsuen Garden City were flagged by Chau as suspicious, either because addresses did not exist or multiple families were registered at the same apartment.

Tin Shui Wai housing estates. Photo: Wikicommons.

Previous cases of suspected voter registration fraud to emerge include voters registered to derelict buildings, non-existent floors and a five-star hotel. The growing tally of dubious registrations has raised concerns that the voters may have been planted to manipulate election results.

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Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.