Legco okays district councilors’ new oath-taking requirement

Local | 12 May 2021 6:28 pm

The Legislative Council has approved a bill which will require district councilors to swear allegiance to the city and vow to uphold the Basic Law.

The legislature has passed the bill by a 40-1 vote, while medical sector lawmaker Pierre Chan Pui-yin did not vote.

The proposed legislative changes included a list of criteria for determining whether a public officer is obeying – or violating – the oath.

For committing acts endangering national security or undermining the overall interests of the HKSAR, those who are deemed in breach of the oath will be ousted from their posts and barred from standing in the relevant elections for five years.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai said the four district councilors Tat Cheng, Fergus Leung, Lester Shum and Tiffany Yuen, who were disqualified from joining the now-postponed 2020 LegCo election, would be expelled from their posts immediately.

He also said the government is already working on the oath-taking arrangements for the district councilors and will announce the details shortly.

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