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Photo-taking and communication prohibited in Chief Executive Election main polling station
     In response to a media report today (March 2) that Election Committee members had been requested to take photographs of marked ballot papers at the main polling station on the polling day of the Chief Executive Election, the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) issued the following statement:

     In accordance with the Electoral Procedure (Chief Executive Election) Regulation (Cap. 541J), Election Committee members are not allowed to film, take photographs or make any audio or video recording inside the main polling station.

     The Regulation also stipulates that no person shall communicate to another person any information obtained at the main polling station as to which candidate an elector is about to vote for or has voted for. Besides, no person shall directly or indirectly induce an elector to display a ballot paper marked by the elector so as to make known to any person any information as to which candidate the elector has voted for.

     Any person who commits the above offences is liable to imprisonment for 6 months and a fine of $5,000.

     In accordance with the Regulation, Election Committee members are not allowed to communicate with others, or use a mobile phone or any other communication device to communicate with any other person, inside the main polling station. To assist the Presiding Officer in enforcing the relevant regulation, Election Committee members will be requested to switch off their mobile phones and put them away properly before entering the main polling station.

     Any person is required to strictly abide by the electoral legislation and guidelines. Sufficient staff and security guards will be deployed at the main polling station to maintain order. In the event that there is a breach of the law, the Returning Officer or the Presiding Officer may stop the behaviour having regard to the circumstances and order the person concerned to leave the main polling station immediately, or seek assistance from police officers on site. The REO will also refer the cases to the law enforcement agency for strict follow-up action.
Ends/Thursday, March 2, 2017
Issued at HKT 21:22
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