Security steppedup for polls asstations moved

Local | Angel Kwan 20 Nov 2019

Four polling stations have been moved and more security guards will be deployed for Sunday's district council elections, says Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah.

Its crisis management committee will closely monitor the situation on polling day and consider implementing measures, said Fung. Returning officers will enlarge the no-canvassing zones of polling stations.

He said if any polling station has incidents affecting it for more than one-and-a-half hours, the vote for the constituency will be postponed to December 1.

"Evidence would need to be clearly observed and reasons for postponing would need to be sufficient and objective," Fung said.

Only Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has the right to cancel the election.

Fung stressed that "political factors" will not be considered in postponing the vote - only public safety.

More security guards will be deployed at polling stations to maintain order and quick-response teams from the Fire Services Department will be formed to tackle fires at polling stations.

Fung said the four polling stations that have been relocated after risk assessment were at Sassoon Road Assembly Hall in Pok Fu Lam, the Hong Kong Community College at Hung Hom, the Education University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Primary School in Tai Po and the John Fulton Centre at the Chinese University.

These stations have now been replaced by the Yue Kwong Road Sports Centre in Aberdeen, the Yaumati Kaifong Association School in Yau Ma Tei, the SKH Yuen Chen Maun Chen Primary School in Tai Po and the Yan Oi Tong HK Toi Shan Association Elderly Centre in Fo Tan.

New poll cards have been sent to affected voters.

A total of 1,090 candidates will run for 452 seats in the elections.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party heavyweight Albert Ho Chun-yan was assaulted in Tin Hau last night. He sought treatment at Ruttonjee Hospital. Ho is not an election candidate. Ho said he was attacked by two masked men in black after he left the MTR station.

He said he suffered bruises on his back and arms.

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