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EAC Chairman's statement on electoral laws


The following is issued on behalf of the Electoral Affairs Commission:

    In response to media enquiries on legal provisions against pressuring electors not to nominate a particular candidate, the Chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing, said today (May 31):

    "Intimidation is an offence under section 24 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200). A person found guilty of the offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $2,000 and two years' imprisonment and on conviction upon indictment to five years' imprisonment.

    "Bribery has always been an offence at common law punishable by fine or imprisonment.

    "The Electoral Affairs Commission, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and related authorities will handle all complaints received during the election process in accordance with the law.

    "The EAC will continue to ensure that the upcoming Chief Executive Election and all other future elections will be conducted in a fair, open and honest manner."

Ends/Tuesday, May 31, 2005


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