DAB teams for election carry stability banner

Top News | Erin Chan 15 Jul 2020

Five from the old guard of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong will not seek reelection in the upcoming Legislative Council polls.

And the party will challenge the pro-democracy camp's stronghold - the social services constituency - by sending social worker and first-time candidate Eric Tam Wing-fan.

Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king said yesterday she is leading 12 teams of 55 candidates to run in the September 6 election. These comprise seven teams to the geographical constituencies, four to functional constituencies, and one for the district council "superseats."

The DAB currently holds 13 seats in Legco but Lee described the upcoming election as the most challenging in party history.

"The Legco election this time is very significant as it is a matter of Hong Kong's prospects," she said, adding the party's election slogan will be "Oppose mutual destruction, save Hong Kong."

Eight incumbent DAB lawmakers seeking reelection are Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan (Hong Kong Island), Vincent Cheng Wing-shun (Kowloon West), Ben Chan Hang-bun (New Territories West), Gary Chan Hak-kan (New Territories East) and Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan (New Territories East).

Holden Chow Ho-ding will shift from a district council superseat to New Territories West in an attempt to replace Leung Che-cheung. Ann Chiang Lai-wan, who was elected in the same constituency four years ago, will not be running this year.

Former Wong Tai Sin district councillor Joe Lai Wing-ho will replace Wilson Or Chong-shing in Kowloon East.

In the functional constituencies, Lee will run in the district council superseat with Kwun Tong district councillor Frankie Ngan Man-yu listed second on her ballot.

Sham Shui Po district councillor Lau Pui-yuk will contest district council (first seat), replacing Edward Lau Kwok-fan, who lost in the district council election last year.

Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, a solicitor and a local delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee who recently joined the DAB, will be contesting the import and export seat - which is to be vacated by lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong, who will not run.

Steven Ho Chun-yin will seek reelection in the agriculture and fisheries sector.

Lee accused the opposition camp of adopting a "scorched earth" policy, including vetoing all government proposals and paralyzing Legco.

"The opposition says this is Hong Kong's destiny and the city is destined to be in the state of mutual destruction But destiny is in our hands, as long as people come out and vote."

Lee said Hong Kong will not be able to make a comeback in livelihood and economy unless society stabilizes and resumes order.

erin.chan@singtaonewscorp.com

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