District council polls, schools will not be suspended, Carrie Lam saysLocal | 12 Nov 2019 11:11 am
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor says there are are no plans to suspend schools, or postpone this month's district council elections, despite an upsurge in civil unrest, RTHK reports.
Speaking ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lam said the government did not want to cancel or delay the November 24 polls as it was important to respect the rights of four million registered voters.
"To this day, we still hope we can hold the election and try our very best to do so because it is an important election with the rights of 4 million voters to respect and safeguard,” Lam said. “But there’s an issue of safety and order, so we have to work hard to satisfy these two requirements.”
Her comments followed the publication of a full-page advertisement in several newspaper in which several former officials, academics and business leaders called on the government to ensure the elections went ahead and ran smoothly.
Signatories to the ad included the former financial secretary John Tsang, ex-housing minister Anthony Cheung and former head of the Chinese University Joseph Chung, as well as businessmen Ricky Wong and Allan Zeman.
Lam said Hong Kong people could not allow the protests to bring the territory to a standstill, where normal daily activities have to cease.