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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

Disqualified voters to be notified

The Registration & Electoral Office (REO) today said that it will issue letters to electors that may be disqualified from voting in the upcoming Legislative Council General Election.   After the final register of electors has been published, if the REO receives updated membership and licensee information from the corresponding umbrella organisations and licensing authorities that there are changes to individual and body electors’ registration qualifications which render them no longer eligible to vote in the constituency concerned, the REO will write to such electors and remind them about the disqualification, the REO said in a statement today.   “As such, they should not vote in the relevant constituency at the LegCo General Election to be held on December 19, or else they may contravene the Elections (Corrupt & Illegal Conduct) Ordinance.”   Under the Legislative Council Ordinance, a registered functional constituency elector in the final register is disqualified from voting at a functional constituency election if this person is no longer eligible to be registered as an elector in that constituency, the REO explained.   Meanwhile, an Election Committee (EC) member is disqualified from voting at an election for the EC constituency if the member falls within any paragraph of section 26 of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance.   Such disqualification arises when, for instance, the member has ceased to have a substantial connection with the subsector concerned, has ceased to be registered or eligible to be registered as an elector for a geographical constituency, or has resigned as an EC member.   The REO noted that if the voters who have received the letters nonetheless consider themselves eligible for registration in the constituency, they could provide the REO with documentary proof and information according to the letters’ directions and deadline for follow-up.   If the voters are verified as being eligible to register in the relevant constituency, they may vote on the polling day on December 19, the REO added.
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