ICAC charges Benny Tai and two others for breaching Elections Ordinance in 2016 LegCo elections

Local | 26 Jul 2021 2:56 pm

Benny Tai Yiu-ting, co-founder of the occupy movement, and two others have been charged by the ICAC today over a strategic voting scheme that he proposed for the Legco polls in 2016.

Five years ago, Tai came up with the “ThunderGo” strategy, which sought to use pre-election poll results to co-ordinate pro-democracy voters for the September 4 general election.

The charges allege that the trio had engaged in illegal conduct at the 2016 LegCo General Election held on September 4, 2016 by incurring, through The Eggs Alliance Company Limited (Eggs Alliance), election expenses totaling over HK$253,000 for placing six advertisements in Ming Pao Daily News and Apple Daily at or in connection with the election.

Meanwhile, on various occasions before the election, Tai, via a radio program, press conferences and social media, introduced to voters the voting scheme. 

Advertisements promoting the goal and the scheme were placed in both newspapers.

The trio will appear in the Eastern Magistrates' Courts on Friday for the case to be transferred to the District Court for plea.

The two other defendants include 55-year-old Ip Kim-ching and 50-year-old Sek Sau-ching. They were both directors of the Eggs Alliance.

Tai has been remanded in custody since February after he was charged with violating the national security law over the pro-democracy Legco primaries last year.

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