Lee Cheuk-yan joins by-election race

Local | 12 Oct 2018 3:48 pm

Labour Party veteran Lee Cheuk-yan today put in his bid as the pro-democracy camp’s back-up candidate for next month's Legco by-election, complaining that it was absurd that such an arrangement is required, RTHK reports.

The nomination for the Kowloon West poll closes on Monday and the pan-dem's first choice, Lau Siu-lai, is still waiting to find out whether her candidacy will be accepted. She filed her papers on October 2, although no candidates have so far been either confirmed or rejected.

Lee said he will withdraw his bid if Lau is allowed to stand, saying the fact that he has to sign up at all is down to the government "playing dirty".

"We now have to execute the back-up plan, it's very absurd ... [The officials] can filter out, screen out any candidate they want. It makes the whole election a very unfair election," Lee said.

He refused to comment on a report in the Sing Tao Daily that Lau will indeed be disqualified, saying only that the pro-democracy camp is united in its fight through adversity.

Lau won the seat now up for grabs in the 2016 Legco elections, but was ousted by the courts following a Basic Law interpretation by Beijing over oath-taking.

Yan Chan, who's supported by the pro-government camp, and independent Frederick Fung have also put in bids to run in the poll on November 25.

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