Unseated Au Nok-hin files appeal

Local | 20 Sep 2019 12:25 pm

Demosisto lawmaker Au Nok-hin has filed an appeal after the High Court had deemed that he was not duly elected in the 2018 Legislative Council by-election, RTHK reports.

Earlier this month, Demosisto leader Agnes Chow Ting won her legal challenge over being barred from standing in the by-election. The court said she was not given a chance by the returning officer to respond to allegations which led to her disqualification from the race.

Au’s appeal effectively allows him to keep his seat in Legco, at least until the court decides on his appeal.

In his appeal, Au said it was not fair that voters or himself bear the consequence of an administrative mistake made by the Hong Kong government when they were screening candidates.

Au denied it was just a political move. He said the court should decide that in the event of an administrative mistake, whether that automatically triggers a by-election, or explore if there is room for the courts to grant relief to others.

The opposition lawmaker said he is not sure if the government is also planning to appeal against the High Court decision.

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