NPCSC approves extending Legco term for one yearLocal | 11 Aug 2020 4:18 pm
The National People's Congress Standing Committee has unanimously passed the decision to extend the current Legislative Council term for a year this afternoon, sources said.
The four incumbent pro-democracy lawmakers, who have been disqualified from running in the now-postponed election, are expected to be allowed to retain their seats.
On July 31, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor invoked emergency powers to postpone the Legco elections originally scheduled for September 6 for a year due to the severe coronavirus epidemic situation.
Her decision led to questions on whether the disqualified lawmakers, Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok, as well as Kenneth Leung woud be allowed to serve an extended term.
The term of the current Legco ends on September 30.