ELECTIONS 2022/Hong Kong-born voters face jail for taking ballots from polling place

11/26/2022 06:18 PM
To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.
A polling station worker sorts out ballots cast for city councilors when votes were being counted after 4 p.m. in Taipei. CNA photo Nov. 26, 2022
A polling station worker sorts out ballots cast for city councilors when votes were being counted after 4 p.m. in Taipei. CNA photo Nov. 26, 2022

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Three Hong Kong-born Taiwanese citizens are facing the prospect of a one-year prison sentence or a NT$15,000 fine for allegedly removing ballots from a polling place in New Taipei during nationwide elections for 11,023 local government officials.

The three individuals -- aged 55, 52 and 21 -- removed ballots for ward chief after casting votes for a mayor, city councilors, and a referendum on a Constitutional amendment that would lower Taiwan's voting age from 20 to 18, according to police.

It appeared that the voters did so as they did not intend to vote for candidates they were not familiar with, police said.

The individuals are currently under investigation by New Taipei prosecutors for allegedly violating the Civil Servants Election And Recall Act, police added.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Enditem/ASG

> Chinese Version
View All
0:00
/
0:00
We value your privacy.
Focus Taiwan (CNA) uses tracking technologies to provide better reading experiences, but it also respects readers' privacy. Click here to find out more about Focus Taiwan's privacy policy. When you close this window, it means you agree with this policy.