Ho faces big fight in district elections

Top News | Angel Kwan 10 Oct 2019

Controversial pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu will be challenged by a pan-democratic newcomer in the upcoming District Council election, as more prominent figures submitted nominations to join the race yesterday.

Ho's opponent is Cary Lo Chun-yu, 37, a Democratic Party community officer who works as a compliance manager and anti-money laundering reporting officer at a financial institution. Lo said he is confident, despite the loss to Ho by his senior party colleague, Albert Ho Chun-yan, in the last election.

Junius Ho is running in Lok Tsui, Tuen Mun. He kept a low profile while filing his nomination, not alerting the media or responding to questions afterwards.

Lo said his pleasant personal image is a factor that will help him win, as Ho became embroiled in controversies over the past few months.

“Ho’s image is very different from four years ago. The 7.21 incident and initiating ‘clean up Hong Kong’ has affected [his image].” Said Lo, referring to Ho’s friendliness with thugs who beat up commuters and protesters at Yuen Long MTR station on Jult 21 and his orchestrating a campaign to clean up city-wide “Lennon Walls”.

Lo also said some voters who once voted for Ho were disappointed with his performance on community issues in the past few years. Some failed to reach Ho when they tried to seek help from him.

Lo believes some of them will vote for him in the coming election.

Albert Ho lost to Junius Ho by 125 votes in 2015. Lo said he is confident he will win despite being a newcomer, as there are no other pan-democrats running.

The Registration and Electoral Office has received a total of 194 nominations by Tuesday.

In Wan Chai, a group of 10 independent candidates submitted their applications yesterday.

One of them is an incumbent, Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying.

She and the nine others are members of a newly launched community organization Kickstart Wan Chai.

“We aim to win 7 seats out of 13 in the district,” said Yeung, who is suggesting District Council meetings in Victoria Park to engage the public.

Yeung beat Gigi Wong Ching-chi of New People’s Party in the 2015 District Council election in Tai Hang constituency.

The pro-establishment New People's Party will field a total of 28 candidates.

They said the city has been rocked by violence, and there is a need to promote anti-violence to return the city to a peaceful, rational community.

Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee did not comment on how the ongoing social upheaval will affect the election results beyond saying she hopes the protesters will not obstruct the election.

Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun and independent candidate Frederick Fung Kin-kee also handed in their nominations yesterday.

angel.kwan@singtaonewsorp.com

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