We're all in for Lam, say CPPCC local delegates

Top News | Chan Ho-him 16 Feb 2017

All 51 local delegates of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference who are Election Committee members have decided to unanimously nominate chief executive contender Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and vote for her in the March 26 election.

This comes after the former No 2 official met yesterday with 34 CPPCC delegates including Charles Ho Tsu- kwok, Henry Tang Ying-yen and Chan Wing-kee at the Friends of Hong Kong Association's headquarters in Central Plaza, Wan Chai.

Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, a CPPCC Standing Committee member, said they have scrutinized Lam's preliminary election platform, as well as those of the other hopefuls - John Tsang Chun-wah, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Woo Kwok- hing - before deciding to nominate Lam.

He said Lam is the "most suitable" among the four to become chief executive, adding all 51 CPPCC members in the 1,194-strong Election Committee will also vote for her in the March election for the sake of coherence.

"When one nominates a candidate, one is showing support for him or her. As Chinese we put emphasis on promises, trust and justice. Therefore, we should not backpedal during the election," Lau said.

Ho, a CPPCC Standing Committee member and Sing Tao News Corporation chairman, described Lam as a diligent person. He said he would rather consider a candidate's ability than his or her platform.

Ho said his support for Lam has nothing to do with the central government, adding that he did not meet with National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang in Shenzhen.

Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, son of tycoon Li Ka-shing and the deputy chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, and Peter Lee Ka-kit, Henderson Land's vice chairman and property tycoon Lee Shau-kee's eldest son, did not attend the meeting but are one with the group.

Lam, who said many Election Committee members back her because of her achievements, said after the meeting: "I believe most members who nominate me will vote for me. They support me because they know my personality and achievements."

The Friends of Hong Kong Association, whose members comprise current and former CPPCC and NPC deputies and has 194 seats in the Election Committee, praised Lam earlier this month after meeting her.

The Chinese Manufacturers' Association, which has 18 seats in the Election Committee, is also inclined to nominate Lam, but its members will not bundle their votes, president Eddy Li Sau-hung said yesterday. Li has already submitted his nomination for Lam.

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