Legislature tries to dodge virus

Local | Michael Shum 31 Mar 2020

The Legislative Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an e-mail to legislators the council clerk said: "The Covid-19 outbreak is getting more severe. With confirmed infection cases rising rapidly the risk of a large outbreak in the community cannot be underestimated."

And as many people working or gathering in the legislative complex would increase spreading the virus, the message added, council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen decided the meeting had to be called off.

Leung also appealed to council members and citizens "to join hands in fighting the outbreak at this critical moment" while hoping the legislature could "resume normal operation as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong called for the deadline for voter registration to be delayed amid pressures of the pandemic.

This came after officials rolled out work-from-home arrangements for civil servants for a second time starting from March 23.

And deadlines for updating voter information and new voter registration was April 2 and May 2 respectively.

The DAB hit at the Registration and Electoral Office for not adjusting the deadline for voter registration given that government departments will provide limited services.

"The office did not act in accordance with the latest developments of the pandemic even after other government departments have already adjusted policies and measures in the wake of the pandemic," the party stated.

"We hope the office can delay both the deadline for updating voter information and new voter registration to June 2."

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