John Lee applies for penalty waiver over late submission of consent in election advertisement

Incoming Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu filed a petition to the High Court on Tuesday to apply for exemption from fines and imprisonment, as he failed to submit copies of consent in Election Advertisements within the specified time.

The writ read that Lee failed to submit copies of consent given in Election Advertisements within the time specified by the Electoral Affairs Commission in accordance with the Electoral Procedure (Chief Executive Election) Regulation on April 10, April 12, and April 17.

Therefore, he applied for exemption from penalties and costs such as fines or imprisonment.

According to the regulation, any person who does not comply with the requirements as applied to Election Advertisements commits an offense and is liable to a fine of HK$5,000 and imprisonment for six months.

The petitioner was Lee, and the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong was pointed as the respondent.