Agnes Chow prepares to file election petition

Local | 13 Feb 2018 9:34 pm

Agnes Chow, who was barred from running in next month's Legco by-elections because her Demosisto party advocates self-determination for Hong Kong people, says she still intends to file an election petition over her disqualification, despite a court ruling that election officials do have the power to reject Legco hopefuls.

Chow said her legal team will be carefully studying today's "very disappointing" High Court judgement, which saw independence advocate Chan Ho-tin lose a legal challenge over being prevented from running in the 2016 Legco polls.

Chow noted that the judgement refers to a Basic Law interpretation on Legco oath-taking and said this intervention by Beijing is now being used as a "political tool to suppress opposing opinions".

She told RTHK's Newswrap programme that Hong Kong people are being deprived of their right to stand for election.

"I believe that the right to run in an election is ensured in the Basic Law, regardless of any political stance," Chow said.

"So candidates who advocate Hong Kong independence, or self-determination, or candidates who are from the pro-Beijing camp, should all have the basic right to run in an election."

Chow was hoping to win back the Hong Kong Island seat her party colleague Nathan Law lost when he was ousted from Legco over the way he took his lawmaker oath. Two other pro-democracy candidates have also been barred from running in the March 11 by-elections after returning officers decided they would not uphold the Basic Law.

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