Another batch of district councillors unseated

The government on Thursday disqualified 16 district councillors from the western New Territories, saying the oaths of allegiance they took two weeks ago were invalid. In a statement, the government said it decided to strip the councillors of their seats after considering their written replies to requests for information. Among...

Sixteen district councillors unseated over oaths

The government on Friday disqualified 16 district councillors from the eastern New Territories, saying the oaths of allegiance they took this week were invalid. Sha Tin District Council lost nine members, including chairman Raymond Li – who took part in primary Legco elections last year – and vice-chairman George Wong....

Govt questions oaths taken by 17 district councillors

Seventeen district councillors face disqualification after the government raised doubts about the oaths they took on Friday. Dozens of council members from Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwai Tsing and Islands District took part in the fourth and final oath-taking ceremony before the oath administrator, Home Affairs Secretary Caspar...

Oaths of 16 more district councillors questioned

Sixteen district councillors face disqualification after the government raised doubts about the oaths they took on Monday. They were among 50 councillors from Tai Po, Sai Kung, Sha Tin and North District who pledged their allegiance before the oath administrator, Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui, in the third oath-taking ceremony...

Ten district councillors unseated over invalid oaths

Ten more district councillors were disqualified on Wednesday after their oaths of allegiance to the SAR were ruled invalid. Those losing their seats include former Democratic Party lawmaker James To and barrister Lawrence Lau, who's been charged with violating the national security law. Besides To, four Democratic Party members were...

Kowloon district councillors attend oath ceremony

More than 50 Kowloon district councillors attended an oath-taking ceremony on Friday morning to swear their allegiance to the SAR. Sham Shui Po district councillor Lee Man-ho had said on social media that he would not take the oath to the SAR government, and he did not turn up at...

Oaths of ten district councillors doubtful, says govt

Ten Kowloon district councillors who swore allegiance to the SAR on Friday morning have had the validity of their oaths questioned by the oath administrator, Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui. The district councillors whose oaths are being put under the microscope include former lawmaker James To from the Democratic Party,...

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...