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Port ticketing station︱ Federation of Trade Unions avoids suspicion of not organizing transfers and non-organizational factions say it is difficult to canvass: fairness is doubtful

2021-11-29T10:13:27.472Z

In the Legislative Council election, three border crossing stations were set up for the first time. As a one-time special measure, the government emphasized that it is to protect the voting rights of mainland Hong Kong people during the epidemic. Di Zhiyuan, a new thinking in the social welfare sector, believes that it is difficult for non-establishment groups



In the Legislative Council election, three border crossing stations were set up for the first time. As a one-time special measure, the government emphasized that it is to protect the voting rights of mainland Hong Kong people during the epidemic.

Di Zhiyuan, a new thinking in the social welfare sector who participated in the election, believes that it is difficult for non-establishment parties to publicize in the Mainland and doubts about the fairness of the election. Although he personally does not oppose the arrangement, he criticized it too hastily. The government must further explain in terms of fairness and regulations.


Shao Jianbo, director of the Guangzhou Center of the Federation of Trade Unions, which has five service centers in the Greater Bay Area, responded that in order to avoid suspicion, Hong Kong residents in the Mainland would not be organized to vote at the port.

He refused to guess the number of voters at the port, but pointed out that taking Guangzhou as an example, it is estimated that the number of Hong Kong people is in the thousands. The center has received six or seven inquiries within half a day after the news broke. There is nothing to do on Sundays.


Some

people may hold on to the mentality of witnessing and will vote.”

Shao Jianbo admitted that port voting may cause people to step on landmines that are "non-usually resident in Hong Kong". Voter qualifications.


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Shao Jianbo: The government office in the Mainland has the responsibility to provide transportation

The law requires that registered voters must "usually reside in Hong Kong" and report their only or principal residence address in Hong Kong.

Shao Jianbo admitted that some voters have not returned to Hong Kong for a long time. "We have reminded everyone that the house in Hong Kong is close to relatives. For example, if the public housing that lived in the past is not delisted, it is only to return to the elderly and receive water, electricity and coal. Only (as the registrant), you can get it. If you lived in an open-floor building and sold it, you would definitely not get it.”

The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Tsang Kwok-wai, said at a press conference today (29th) that the Registration and Electoral Office has an established mechanism to inspect whether voters are resident in Hong Kong. I hope everyone will not confuse it again.

When asked how to ensure that Hong Kong residents in the Mainland are still eligible voters, Zeng Guowei said that various factors need to be considered, including the reason for not being in Hong Kong, the length of time, and whether they have close ties with Hong Kong, etc.

Shao Jianbo (middle), Deputy Chief Director of the Mainland Center of the Federation of Trade Unions and Director of the Guangzhou Center (center) (Website of the Federation of Trade Unions)

The Federation of Trade Unions is one of the few political groups that set up service centers in the Mainland. This time there are five people elected by the party through direct elections and functional constituencies. If the Federation of Trade Unions picks up voters to vote, there may be a potential conflict of interest.

Shao Jianbo pointed out that even the president of the Federation of Trade Unions, Wu Qiubei, was elected this time, admitting that it is not suitable for them to pick up mainland Hong Kong people to vote at the port; since the port voting station was proposed by the Hong Kong government, the original intention was to encourage voters in the mainland to vote. Land traffic at the port is suspended, and the government offices in the Mainland are responsible for providing connection services in major cities in the Bay Area. ."

New Thinking Chairman Di Zhiyuan pointed out that all candidates in Hong Kong can distribute election advertisements to the public by free post, but in the Mainland, it is obviously difficult for non-organizational factions to promote.

(Photo by Lu Yiming)

Di Zhiyuan: Neutrals should be arranged to monitor at the port ticketing station

The non-organizationalist Di Zhiyuan also worries about the issue of fairness. He said that all candidates in Hong Kong can distribute election advertisements to the public by free mail. However, in the Mainland, it is obviously difficult for the non-organizationalists to promote this issue. The emergency arrangements have not been resolved. Series of derivative issues.

He also pointed out that consideration should be given to arranging neutral persons to monitor these voting stations with reference to foreign countries. In terms of fairness, it may be necessary to study whether residents living overseas have the same right to vote in the long run.

Regarding pre-registered online registration, Shao Jianbo pointed out that supporting facilities must be made. In particular, many Hong Kong people in the Mainland are middle-aged and elderly, and they may encounter difficulties in accessing the Internet. They also have a little knowledge of whether they are eligible to vote. As a voter), he doesn’t know that Yijia Zhongfu is not eligible, so he should be checked and buried during pre-registration to prevent him from committing the law without reason when he fulfills his civic duties."

Candidates from the social welfare sector include Zhu Liling and Ye Zhanxi.

Wu Qiubei has signed up to run for the Hong Kong Island East direct election. His opponents include Liang Xi, Liao Tiancheng and Pan Zhuohong.

For the list of candidates for the Legislative Council, please refer to the "Hong Kong 01" election website.

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Source: hk1

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