Lo Kin-hei urges govt to explain oath requirements

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Thursday called on the government to clarify the requirements to meet the loyalty pledge, after one of the party’s councillors was disqualified for failing to take a valid oath of office. The party’s So Yat-hang was among seven Hong Kong Island district councillors unseated...

Seven district councillors unseated for invalid oaths

The government disqualified seven Hong Kong Island district councillors on Wednesday, ruling that the oaths they had sworn during an oath-taking ceremony last week were invalid. The seven are Wan Chai district councillors Clarisse Yeung and Leung Pak-kin, Eastern district councillors Wei Siu-lik, So Yat-hang, Chan Wing-tai, and Lai Tsz-yan,...

District councillor ousted for failing to take oath

Eastern district councillor Peter Choi has been removed from office after failing to turn up for a mass pledge of allegiance session arranged by the government. Twenty-five district councillors from Eastern, Central and Western, Wan Chai and Southern districts were told to take their oaths at North Point Community Hall...

Oaths of seven district councillors ‘questionable’

The government said it has asked seven district councillors who swore oaths of allegiance on Friday for information before deciding if they would be disqualified from office. It said the Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui, the oath administrator, found the validity of the seven’s oaths questionable. The seven councillors are...

District councillors to pledge loyalty from Friday

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will soon begin sending out invitations for district councillors to swear allegiance to the Basic Law and the SAR, and anyone who refuses to pledge their loyalty will lose their seats. Lam said on Tuesday that Hong Kong recently had 479 district councillors,...

‘Mass resignations have crippled district councils’

District councillors on Friday called on the government to provide a solution to the standstill at some councils, whose memberships have been decimated by mass resignations this month. While there have been resignations of individual district councillors in previous months, the exodus of elected members in recent weeks has created...

DP chairman Lo Kin-hei resigns as district councillor

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Sunday announced he has resigned as a district councillor, joining more than 150 pro-democracy councillors who have quit in a matter of days. Those who stepped down in the past few days include veteran councillors Kam Nai-wai and Joseph Lai, as well as the...

‘Govt should clarify councillor oath-taking rumours’

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Friday urged the government to clarify rumours that dozens of pro-democracy councillors could soon be unseated for being unpatriotic. The rumours, linked to an upcoming requirement for councillors to take an oath of allegiance to the SAR, have prompted a wave of resignations. Lo...

Govt shouldn’t recoup councillors’ salaries: Paul Tse

Pro-Beijing legislator Paul Tse on Thursday said authorities need not adopt a "harsh" approach to recover all the salaries given to district councillors who are disqualified for being unpatriotic. Reports have indicated that the government is expected to tell district councillors to pledge allegiance to the SAR later this month,...

Government accused of disqualification scare game

Southern district councillor Paul Zimmerman is urging the government to make clear what its intentions are over the fate of district councillors, saying it appears to be playing a 'scare game', which is extremely unhealthy. Around 70 district councillors have resigned in the past few days, amid rumours that if...

Ten councillors quit Civic Party ahead of oath taking

Ten district councillors on Sunday announced they had quit the Civic Party, ahead of the expected introduction of loyalty oaths for council members. After the latest resignations, the party is left with just five councillors, down from the 32 elected in the 2019 polls. Those leaving include Yau Tsim Mong's...

District councillors a headache for the govt: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the government will take appropriate action to monitor the behaviour of the current crop of district councillors, saying they have been a major headache for the government because of their “unprecedented actions”. Meeting reporters ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on...

Councillors warned against promoting gatherings

The Home Affairs Department said on Thursday it had written to district councillors across the SAR, warning them against encouraging or helping people to take part in unauthorised assemblies. The department said it acted after receiving complaints about councillors engaging in "activities which are unrelated to [council] duties, damaging to...

Oaths will come after councillor resignations: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the government won’t immediately start making district councillors take an oath of allegiance, since many are still resigning. She said oath taking will take place once the situation has stabilised – but one district councillor says the government should hurry up and pull...

Legco extends oath demand to district councillors

The Legislative Council has approved a bill adding district councillors to a growing list of Hongkongers obliged to swear allegiance to the government. Any councillors that refuse to make the pledge in the coming weeks, as well as those found to be "unpatriotic", will be stripped of their seats. Executive...

Detained Andrew Wan resigns as a district councillor

Andrew Wan on Monday resigned as a district councillor, the latest pro-democracy figure to throw in the towel while behind bars awaiting trial. Wan is one of scores of people accused of breaching the national security law by holding primary polls to choose candidates for Legco elections. "Besides the security...

Govt move will see off at least four councillors

Govt move will see off at least four councillors Four serving district councillors will almost certainly lose their seats under the government's plans to extend an oath of allegiance system, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said on Tuesday. The government intends to require district councillors to take...

‘Tell confused residents if lockdown is happening’

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