The Proposed Guidelines on Election-related Activities 2000

THE PROPOSED GUIDELINES ON

ELECTION-RELATED ACTIVITIES 2000

The Bar doubts whether whatever administrative benefit there may
be in requiring voters to use designated chops outweighs the possibility
that a voter who has unambiguously expressed their choice of candidate
using their own pen and pencil may have his or her vote disallowed.
There is much to be said of keeping the system set out in paragraph
63 of the 1998 regulations when ticks, circles, crosses etc, were
all permissible provided their meaning was clear.

The Bar sees that changes have been made to the 1998 Guidelines in
request of what things counting agents can and cannot do. We think
that the "old" practice of permitting them to object to
the admission or rejection of questionable ballot had much to be said
for it. We also note that s.81(7) of the EAC (EP) (LC)
regulations confer an entitlement to make an objection before a decision
on a doubtful paper is made.

26TH FEBRUARY 2000

Hong Kong Bar Association