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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

Election Committee final register set

The 2021 Election Committee subsector (ECSS) final register of voters will be released tomorrow, the Registration & Electoral Office (REO) announced.   The final voter register contains 7,971 voters, comprising 2,551 individual and 5,420 corporate voters. They may vote in the 2021 ECSS Ordinary Elections on September 19.   Registered individual and corporate voters may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System, or call 2891 1001 to check their registration particulars.   There is an increase of 80 voters in the final voter register compared to the provisional one.   The REO explained that it took follow-up actions, including those on the claims and objections cases received, after the publication of the provisional voter register. With the Revising Officer's approval, the individuals and bodies concerned have been deleted from or included in the final register accordingly.   Validly nominated candidates, members of the press and political parties may inspect the final voter register from tomorrow at the REO offices at 10/F, Harbour Centre, Wan Chai and 13/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre.   The parts of the final register which contain only corporate voters' registered particulars and do not show individual voters' names and principal residential addresses are available for public inspection.   The notice on the inspection of the final register will be gazetted tomorrow.
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