The District Council (DC) Election and By-elections are regulated by the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance (ECICO) (Cap. 554). The legislation, enforced by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), aims to uphold honesty and prevent corrupt and illegal conduct in public elections.
To help candidates, their election helpers and electors better understand the legislation and avoid any contravention of the ECICO due to misunderstanding or inadvertence, the ICAC has launched a series of educational and publicity activities on the theme of "Abide by the Rules Support Clean Elections" as shown above.
Remarks: Since this Website serves only as a general reference, candidates and others are advised to refer to the original legislation or seek legal advice in case of doubt. They should also study in detail the related legislations and the guidelines issued by the Electoral Affairs Commission to avoid contravening the electoral laws and regulations. The ICAC will accept no liability or responsibility for any loss caused to any person acting or refraining from action in any way as a result of any material contained in this website.
# Throughout this Website, the male pronoun is used to cover references to both the male and female. No gender preference is intended.
According to the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance, using force or duress against a candidate; obstructing electors from voting; engaging in deceptive behaviours to obstruct or prevent others from voting; bribing electors; and publishing false or misleading statements about a candidate at an election might constitute breaches of the electoral law. The ICAC calls on all candidates, their election agents and helpers, and members of the public to uphold a clean and fair election and avoid breaching the electoral law inadvertently.