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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Legality of DC election upheld

The Court of First Instance dismissed the judicial review application on the legality of the District Council election on December 1, holding that the three District Committees’ nomination requirement is consistent with the Basic Law.
In a statement, the Government said the court accepted its viewpoints, including confirming that members of the three District Committees come from various walks of life in society and are important stakeholders of district affairs, and that there are no other entities or individuals which are more suitable than the members of three District Committees to exercise the nomination rights.
The court expressly accepted the legitimate aims of the three District Committees’ nomination requirement, namely to fully implement the guiding principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" in the system; to ensure the candidates are recognised by people conversant with district affairs and the relevant district electors; and to enhance stability across the political spectrum and better reflect the opinions of the majority of people, the Government pointed out.
The court also held that the three District Committees’ nomination requirement is a proportionate restriction to the rights to vote and agreed that members of the three District Committees will not exercise the nomination rights arbitrarily, it added.
The Government reiterated that the election for the 7th-term District Council is lawful and reasonable, and an important poll which fully takes into account the interest of the people of each district, which was passed by the Legislative Council unanimously and is popularly supported by people.
It stressed that the election on December 10 is highly meaningful and will return passionate, capable and responsible District Council members who love the country and Hong Kong and will fully serve people in the district with handling issues of public concern such as district hygiene, transportation, and cultural and leisure issues.
The Government stated that it urges the people to actively cast their votes in an effort to build a beautiful home.

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