Ex-MAC chairman in court for illegal conduct over support to DC Election candidate

2017-9-15


A former chairman of a Mutual Aid Committee (MAC) of a public housing estate appeared at the Kwun Tong Magistracy today (September 15) after being charged by the ICAC with engaging in illegal conduct by giving written consent to a candidate for the inclusion of the MAC’s name in an election advertisement of the candidate at the 2015 District Council (DC) Election without its approval.

The defendant, 64, former chairman of a MAC of Choi Hung Estate, who was charged on Wednesday (September 13), faced one charge of engaging in illegal conduct at an election, contrary to Section 27(5) of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to his charge today. Acting Principal Magistrate Mr Don So Man-hung adjourned the case to October 20 this year for a pre-trial review.

The case arose from a complaint referred by the Returning Officer. Subsequent ICAC enquiries revealed the above alleged offence.

At the material time, the defendant was the chairman of the MAC of Tan Fung House in Choi Hung Estate, a public housing estate in Wong Tai Sin. Tan Fung House was within the boundary of the Chi Choi Constituency of the 2015 Wong Tai Sin DC Election held on November 22, 2015.

The charge alleged that on October 20, 2015, the defendant engaged in illegal conduct at an election by purporting to give consent in writing to the inclusion in the election advertisement relating to the candidate at the 2015 Wong Tai Sin DC Election (Chi Choi Constituency) of the name or logo of or associated with the MAC of Tan Fung House in Choi Hung Estate without having been approved by it or by a resolution of its members passed at a general meeting.

The defendant was granted cash bail of $5,000, and ordered not to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Wong Ching-kwong.
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