`Silly season' starts as date set for poll

Local | Kenneth Lau 3 Mar 2016

The "silly season" began in earnest yesterday with the announcement that the Legislative Council election will be held on September 4 and the Election Committee subsector election for the chief executive on December 1.

Executive Councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fan had earlier called the election year as the "silly season" with politicians battling to hold on to their seats.

The current council will stand prorogued and its operation will be terminated on July 16. This is also the first day of nomination period, which will last for 14 days.

The news came after Sunday's by- election showed strong support for localism, which has shaken the camp of original radical pan-democrats that includes the League of Social Democrats, People Power and Neo Democrats.

While Gary Fan Kwok-wai, the only Neo Democrats lawmaker, agreed that Hong Kong Indigenous, which made a strong debut in the by-election, could pull some votes away from his party, he was still confident of success.

In addition to entering Kowloon East and New Territories East and West races, the party may also nominate one of its district councillors to join the "super seat" election as they have the required nominations from 15 other councillors.

Meanwhile, in his amended plan to help pan-democrats win seats, Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting suggested 50,000 voters 10,000 voters in each geographical constituency should form a team of "saviors" in the election. If a pan-democratic candidate is in a losing situation, the saviors will be sent to vote for them, Tai said.

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