Kowloon by-election set for November

Local | Phoenix Un 27 Jun 2018

A Legislative Council by-election to fill the seat of ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai in the Kowloon West geographical constituency will be held on November 25.

Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah had said he hoped to have the election within six months after the vacancy was confirmed.

And in announcing the date yesterday, the EAC said factors needing to be considered included the time required to recruit and train electoral staff, venues for polling stations and logistics for electoral materials.

The seat became vacant after Lau of Democracy Groundwork was disqualified by the Court of First Instance for taking her oath improperly.

Lau appealed against the decision but withdrew it last month - ending judicial proceedings and thus confirming the vacancy.

She said yesterday she would be discussing with supporters her aim to recapture the seat, adding that the pan-democratic camp must move quickly if it was to score against the establishment, which has a model for running a winning campaign.

She was referring to polling in March when Vincent Cheng Wing-shun of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong beat another disqualified legislator, Edward Yiu Chung-yim, for the first of the two Kowloon West vacancies.

Lau noted that former secretary for food and health Ko Wing-man, a popular principal official in Leung Chun-ying's administration, might run as the establishment candidate in Kowloon West.

Given the rival camp's resources and underhand tactics, she said, it could be effective even with a candidate of low popularity. "But if it's Ko we must be even more focused and united in exposing the hypocrisy of a former official," she added.

Former legislator Lee Cheuk-yan is believed to be the standby candidate in case Lau, a "self-determination advocate," is disqualified from running.

Besides Ko, another possible establishment candidate is Sham Shui Po District Council member Scott Leung Man-kwong of the Business and Professionals Alliance.

phoenix.un@singtaonewscorp.com

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