A car owned by China Construction Bank transported voters to polling stations multiple times on Sunday’s by-election, according to FactWire.

The investigative news service reported that many pro-Beijing fraternal associations – whose members have ties to their hometown areas in the mainland – and recreational associations were active in campaigning for their preferred candidates on election day.

A fraternity association campaigning for pro-Beijing candidate Bill Tang. Photo: Factwire.

Factwire said a black van was driving voters around the Wah Fu public housing estate on Hong Kong Island on Sunday afternoon. It filmed two people – a man and a woman – carrying an elderly woman into the vehicle around 7:15pm. The license plates were blanked out in photos uploaded by Factwire, but the agency said the vehicle was registered under China Construction Bank.

When asked by reporters if the bank was transporting voters for pro-Beijing candidate Judy Chan, the driver said: “I don’t have time, I am working.” The elderly woman said she was disabled before the car left.

Around ten minutes later, the two people pushed the elderly woman, who was in a wheelchair, out of the polling station in TWGHs Hok Shan School in Wah Fu. The elderly woman said she did not know the two people when asked by reporters.

The man then said: “You don’t have to speak, we don’t know her, we don’t know what she is doing here.” The two people did not answer further questions.


Posted by FactWire News Agency 傳真社 on Sunday, 11 March 2018

The news service said the Hong Kong Community of Fuzhou Associations, the Hong Kong Swatow Merchants Association, and other rural associations have been using their cars in Kowloon West and New Territories East to campaign for the election.

FactWire also found that four elderly people sent a group photo to the WeChat group of Hong Kong Cixi Association after they voted at the To Kwa Wan Sports Centre polling station.

One of the elderly people told a reporter that they voted for pro-Beijing candidate Vincent Cheng and that they were asked to send the photo after they voted.


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.