Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung has said that the government has the responsibility to follow up if there is evidence showing that Ken Chow Wing-kan’s withdrawal from the elections involved electoral fraud. He was speaking to reporters on Thursday before he flew to Chongqing, in Sichuan province.

“If there are certain things that happened outside Hong Kong, it may make investigation more difficult, but this does not mean that we won’t follow up,” he said.

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. File Photo: RTHK screencap.

Chow made a revelation on Wednesday that three people “from Beijing” forced him to drop out of the Legislative Council race on August 25. He said that he was urged on multiple occasions prior to that not to run, as his candidacy could harm the chances of a fellow pro-Beijing candidate securing the final seat in New Territories West.

See also: LegCo president Jasper Tsang questions why anyone would threaten election dropout Ken Chow

Ken Chow Wing-kan. Photo: Next Magazine screenshot.

“If we think that there is evidence showing that it may involve electoral fraud, I think that the SAR government has a responsibility and there is a need to follow up on this matter to demand that our election system is still clean and honest,” the Justice Secretary said.

Yuen added that he believed that the government and Hongkongers cared a lot about the election system.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.