A District Council election candidate in Tuen Mun has accused his rival of foul play as Sunday’s race sees a huge turnout.

Michael Mo
Michael Mo. Photo: Galileo Cheng.

Pro-democracy activist Michael Mo is running against So Shiu-shing of the New People’s Party.

Mo said over 30 people speaking Hokkien were seen taking photos and shaking hands with his pro-Beijing rival within the no-canvassing area outside the local polling station. So – the incumbent district councillor – has been working in the Sam Shing area for decades.


Posted by 巫堃泰 Michael Mo on Saturday, 23 November 2019

The group also handed out cards with QR codes to its members inside the no-canvassing zone, Mo said, according to a video his team received. So has denied any wrongdoing.

“This act is a form of harassment towards voters outside who are thinking about going out to vote,” Mo said, adding that he sought to file a complaint but election officers did not investigate.

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Photo: Galileo Cheng.

“Two election officers said they did not see any incidents,” Mo said. “They said they cannot do anything.”

Mo said cars with cross-border license plates transported the Hokkien-speaking people and elderly people to polling stations.

riot police sam shing
Riot police in Sam Shing. Photo: Galileo Cheng.

He also said the riot police in the area have been demanding that cars entering the area leave, and insisting that people cannot park their vehicles to go and vote.

“Is this even a fair election?” he asked.

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Photo: Galileo Cheng.

Sunday’s race is taking place amid a high-security presence. By 3.30pm, there was a 47.26 per cent voter turnout rate – a higher turnout than the entire 2015 race.

‘No evidence at all’

New People’s Party lawmaker Regina Ip came to Tuen Mun in support of her party’s candidate, So.

So Shiu-shing Regina Ip
So Shiu-shing and Regina Ip. Photo: Galileo Cheng.

Responding to Mo’s claims, Ip said Mo can file complaints to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Ip and So denied they had organised any groups to go and vote. Ip said So enjoyed support in the area and did not need to drive people in to cast their ballot.

“There are more than one million Hokkien people in Hong Kong. This is nothing special. This is no evidence at all,” Ip said.

So said many residents voluntarily gave people lifts to go and vote. “Our team did not organise this,” So said.

Kenneth Lau So Shiu-shing Regina Ip
Kenneth Lau posing with Regina Ip and So Shiu-shing. Photo: Galileo Cheng.

Ip also said that most voters in Sam Shing were local residents, and those vehicles who were blocked by police may belong to tourists, as Sam Shing is a tourist hotspot.

“[Mo] is only creating speculation,” Ip said.

Sam Shing resident
Photo: Galileo Cheng.

Meanwhile, pro-Beijing lawmaker Kenneth Lau, who is a voter in the area, appeared to cast his ballot as he posed with Ip and So in support.

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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.