15 November 2019
FUNG Wah, Barnabas, GBS
Chairman, Electoral Affairs Commission
Dear Mr Fung
Hope this email finds you well.
I am writing to inquire about the polling arrangement for eligible voters and candidates who are under arrest and detention by police on 24 November 2019.
The Electoral Affairs Commission has already announced that there will be mover 600 ordinary polling stations and 23 dedicated polling stations (prisons).
However, there are growing concerns that those arrested / detained in police stations or designated detention centres on the polling day will have their rights as voters and candidates violated altogether.
I should therefore be grateful if you could address such concerns and liaise with the Police Commissioner as to how the rights of eligible voters and candidates are not violated by police operations.
In my view, the crisis management mechanism that EAC has recently set up suffers from low transparency and low accountability. Against this background we are concerned that measures to be introduced by the EAC’s crisis management committee will adversely affect public perceptions about electoral fairness and integrity.
Given the unprecedented level of mistrust in our society, we will urge you to publish your “internal” Guidelines and manual so as to engage members of the public and candidates in full to enhance electoral integrity.
Thank you in advance for your kind attention. We look forward to hearing from you.
Election Observation Project