Near sweep for pro-democracy accountants

Top News | Angel Kwan 11 Dec 2019

Pro-democracy candidates won six out of seven seats in the council election for the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants after a historically high turnout.

Less than a month after the landslide victory of pan-democrats in the district council election, the results mean progress in implementing "one person, one vote" in elections for the professional body's president.

The six elected pan-democratic candidates are Ken Li Kin-hang, William Cheung Wai-lun, Janos Choy Kai-sing, Ernest Fung Ling-yip, Rosalind Lee Suk-yee and Louis Leung Man-chun.

All six are from the Democratic Action Accountants, which called for setting out a timetable for direct elections of the council's president and vice presidents.

Roy Leung Sze-kit was the only pro-establishment candidate to make it into the governing council.

The DAA also promised to advocate through the council that the government establish a commission of inquiry into the police handling and use of force in recent protests and the administration's policy and decision-making.

"We will definitely push the council to implement the one person, one vote [of president and vice presidents], and speak up on issues related to public interest," Li said yesterday.

"Together with the government-appointed members, the pro-establishment still has the majority in the council, but I think they would need to respect the votes behind us."

Last year, the group's two candidates lost in the council election.

The council will now have eight pro-democracy members including the six just elected, which are in addition to the council's seven pro-establishment and six government-appointed members.

This year's election is the second victory of pro-democracy candidates after only two were elected last year.

The institute, which is the only body authorized to register and grant practicing certificates to certified public accountants, is facing important reform that calls for one person, one vote in elections for its president.

The demand was raised by over 100 members and passed at a special meeting last year but has yet to be implemented.

The council members were elected by over 40,000 members of the institute from November 27 to 5.30pm on Monday, out of some 43,000 members.

Fifteen candidates, mainly from two camps, competed for the seven seats.

Before the election, all big four accounting firms - Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - sent identical lists of pro-establishment candidates to staff, according to Bloomberg.

angel.kwan@singtaonewscorp

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