Election set for lively boost

Local | Kenneth Lau and Arika Ho 21 Mar 2016

The new political party led by Joshua Wong Chi-fung can enliven the upcoming Legislative Council election in September if he can win his judicial review on lowering the age limit to run as candidate.

"Emotionally, I will miss Scholarism, but from a rational side, we are responding to the calling of the time," Wong said yesterday.

Scholarism was founded on May 29, 2011 with a dozen secondary students including Wong and Derek Lam Shun- hin.

"It was not an easy task for us to make the public understand the brainwashing nature of the National Education Curriculum at that time. In the first march protest launched by Scholarism on August 21, fewer than 200 people joined us," Lam said.

The student group launched a series of protests and actions against the curriculum, and on September 8, 2012 Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced its suspension.

Two years later, Scholarism became the center of the Umbrella movement.

James Sung Lap-kung, a political analyst from City University, predicted the Legislative Council election in September would be a battlefield among the pro-establishment, the pan-democrats and the umbrella groups. Scholarism might capture one to two seats.

Sung said Scholarism might evolve into a political party and a new students' group would take up a minor role.

"There would be many umbrella groups seeking to run in the election, which might weaken Scholarism's power to capture seats," Sung said.

"Joshua Wong might simply use his political capacity to draw votes,"

Meanwhile, the only two candidates running for the Federation of Students secretary-general quit the election on Saturday as they were dissatisfied with the election system.

They are Chinese University students Jacky Chan Man-hei and Ho Kwan.

The federation will restart the election next month.

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