By-election on the cards

Top News | Phoenix Un 8 Nov 2016

A by-election is likely if a court rules that Youngspiration's Sixtus Leung Chung- hang and Yau Wai-ching have lost their seats.

But there are others in danger of being disqualified for adding to their oaths or for other action during October 12's swearing-in process.

Democracy Groundwork's Lau Siu- lai and Demosisto's Nathan Law Kwun- chung are certainly in the frame for strong action.

Lau dragged out each word in the process, while Law added content after his oath.

Another legislator who appears to be in trouble is "Longhair" Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats, who opened a yellow umbrella while taking the oath. He also tore into pieces a piece of paper that stood for the cover of the Basic Law booklet after his swearing-in.

Basic Law Committee member Rao Geping highlighted Lau for bad behavior, saying her oath-taking could "'hardly be seen as solemn and serious."

But Lau was allowed to retake the oath last Wednesday. Asked if she was worried about losing her seat, Lau responded that the behavior considerations being advanced were subjective, but "I found my oath-taking very solemn."

Law urged moderate pan-democrats not to distance themselves from the issues and said citizens should not think the trouble was caused solely by the two Youngspiration legislators. Rather, he said, the interpretation showed clearly that Beijing wants complete control of the SAR.

NPC delegate Lau Siu-kai warned that the interpretation could lead to more judicial challenges against other lawmakers, particularly Lau and Edward Yiu Chung-yim of the Professionals Guild, who also retook his oath.

Hong Kong's highest vote-getter, the Land Justice League's Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who along with Lau and Law has called for "democratic self- determination," said such calls did not equate to independence advocacy but meant that Hongkongers needed their own political voices.

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