A pro-democracy district councillor has accused pro-Beijing by-election winner Vincent Cheng of offering voters gift bags which could be collected after the election. Cheng denied the allegations to HKFP.

Yeung Yuk, a district councillor for Lai Chi Kok South, said he received a concerning audio recording from a resident after Sunday’s vote. Cheng – the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) – candidate, won the West Kowloon constituency by a narrow margin of around 2,400 votes.

“A suspected DAB campaigner asked residents to vote for the no.2 candidate during the March 11 by-election – then, they would be able to receive gift bags after registering with DAB,” Yeung, of the Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “This is very serious – alleged bribery in an election.”

Vincent Cheng. Photo: In-Media.

In the recording, a woman asked the receiver: “Good morning, did your mother apply for a gift bag last time? They said in this [election], will your mother go to the DAB, this Sunday March 11, will she vote for no.2?”

“If you vote for no.2, they said they will register your name for you, will you vote? You check how many people [will vote] by that time. The next time they have something to give away, they will give to you. One for each person, you check how many people.”

“If you vote, you send your name, and you can write the names of the people in [your] building – then I will register for you.”


【投二號有福袋送?】阿彧在選舉後收到居民傳來錄音,內容疑似有民建聯人士要求居民於311立法會補選投票日投票予2號候選人,之後就可以到民建聯登記領取福袋,並按投票人數登記,有賄選之嫌,情況非常嚴重!根據法例,任何候選人透過利益酬謝選民投票,實屬舞弊行為,便會觸犯《選舉(舞弊及非法行為)條例》第 12 條。若選民接受利益是作為投票予該候選人的報酬,亦會違反上述條例。阿彧向大家呼籲,切勿受利益引誘,捍衛廉潔選舉!#禮義廉最無恥

Posted by 楊彧Yeung Yuk on Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Yeung said the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance criminalises any act to provide interests to voters for their votes.

“If the interests voters received are for the votes cast for the candidate, the voters will also violate the law. I urge all of you not to be tempted by interests, and we should defend a clean election!” Yeung wrote on social media.

Vincent Cheng told HKFP on Thursday: “During my whole campaign, my campaign team and I have followed election laws. Campaigning is conducted in accordance with the law.”

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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.