A 73-year-old housewife has been jailed for six weeks for using a fake address so she could vote for her younger brother who was seeking re-election as a district councillor but lost.
Choi Kai-kwan (蔡熙君) earlier pleaded guilty to one count of “engaging in corrupt conduct with respect to voting at an election”.
Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court heard she had voted for her brother, Choi Luk-sing (蔡六承), who was running again in the Lung Sing constituency (龍星選區) of Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙) District Council in 2011 after winning there in 2007.
The younger Choi was previously a Wong Tai Sin district councillor from 1988 to 2003.
In 2007, he asked his sister for her Hong Kong ID card to change her real address to a fake one in Lung Poon Court (龍蟠苑) so she could vote for him in his new constituency.
Principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen (羅德泉) said the case was serious so the sentence should serve as a deterrent.
He said an ideal community had to be supported by fair elections, which was key to civilised and democratic development.
In mitigation, Choi said her offence was committed out of ignorance of the law. She said her brother had lost in the election, so her actions did not affect the result.
But Law said despite the brother losing, her corruption had damaged the core value of a fair election, so the result was not a factor affecting sentence.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 11 January 2016)
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