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...

Govt hopes to strip district councils of funding role

The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has proposed stripping district councils of their role in implementing community and minor work projects. At a Legco panel meeting on Wednesday, officials said district councils should no longer review funding requests for community involvement projects and minor works programmes, and the HAD and Leisure...

Seven activists jailed over July 1 protest

The District Court on Saturday sentenced seven activists to between six and twelve months behind bars for their roles in a protest on July 1 last year. The seven are former lawmakers Wu Chi-wai, Leung Kwok-hung and Chu Hoi-dick, former district councillors Chui Chi-kin and Tsang Kin-shing, former convenor of...

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...

District councils set to lose vetting powers

The government on Wednesday revealed plans to suspend district councils' power to examine funding requests for community activities and minor works projects, after some local councils were paralysed by mass resignations or the disqualifications of their members. The city’s 18 district councils had been responsible for proposing and endorsing sports,...

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...

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,...

Sham Shui Po councillor to decline loyalty oath

A Sham Shui Po district councillor has said he won't join an oath-taking ceremony on Friday for councillors in Kowloon, effectively ending his membership of the body. Lee Man-ho wrote on social media on Thursday that he had decided against taking the loyalty oath, arguing that he was elected by...

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...

M+ Museum to open on November 12

The M+ Museum will finally open on November 12 after years of delay, the West Kowloon Cultural District announced on Wednesday. Hong Kong residents can visit the contemporary visual culture museum for free for its first year of operation. In a statement, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) said...

Trio to plead guilty over July 1 march

Three activists charged over their alleged involvement in a banned protest held on July 1 last year indicated to the District Court on Tuesday that they would plead guilty. Tsang Kin-shing and Tang Sai-lai from the League of Social Democrats, and former district councillor Chui Chi-kin, face charges including organising...

Security judge to send sedition case to higher court

Prosecutors are seeking to transfer the case of a woman and a teenager suspected of handing out seditious leaflets from a magistrate’s court to the District Court. Chloe Cho, a 45-year-old clerk, and student Wong Chun-wai, 17, are charged with conspiring to produce and distribute seditious publications last year to...