Election candidate freed after sentence overturned

The High Court on Tuesday overturned the six-month sentence meted out to a defeated candidate in the 2019 District Council elections, who was convicted of breaching the Elections Ordinance by failing to submit his election return on time. Under the law, all election candidates are required to submit an election...

Germany holds watershed vote to choose Merkel’s successor

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, right, and Armin Laschet, chancellor candidate for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), during an election campaign rally in Stralsund, Germany, on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG) German voters are heading to the polls Sunday in a watershed election to decide who will follow Angela...

DAB says Election Committee is representative

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) on Monday dismissed suggestions that the Election Committee is not representative enough, saying that it's inclusive and members convey different views in society. "I think everyone who can get in is a patriot... Regarding the policy initiatives or...

Bulgaria to hold presidential election on Nov 14

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev arrives on the second day of a European Union summit at The European Council Building in Brussels on June 25, 2021. (ARIS OIKONOMOU / POOL / AFP) SOFIA - Bulgaria will hold a presidential election on Nov 14, lawmakers decided on Thursday, as the politically fractured country...

‘Unpatriotic’ Cheng Chung-tai loses Legco seat

Civic Passion’s Cheng Chung-tai was on Thursday stripped of his seat in the legislature after national security officials decided he isn't fit to be on the Election Committee (EC) because he isn’t loyal to the SAR. Announcing the authorities’ move, Chief Secretary John Lee said the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee...

Law Society makes report to police over intimidation

The Law Society said on Saturday it had made a report to the police after one of its council members withdrew his candidacy for re-election, citing intimidation. Jonathan Ross announced that he was pulling out of the forthcoming election for the society's governing body because of safety concerns. In a...

Deadlock pushes Bulgaria closer to its third poll this year

In this July 11, 2021 photo, former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of centre-right GERB party Boyko Borisov casts his vote at a polling station during the country's parliamentary election in Sofia. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP) Bulgaria edged closer to a third parliamentary election this year when former Prime Minister...

‘Don’t be obsessed with competition in elections’

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang on Saturday urged people not to be obsessed with keen competition, now that next month's election committee polls have seen a drastic fall in the number of potential candidates. The election will be the first poll since Beijing overhauled Hong Kong's electoral...

Pro-govt camp ‘very careful about election rules’

Pro-establishment figures on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that their election rallies could be in breach of the law, one day after a former pro-democracy lawmaker and a singer were charged by the ICAC over a rally three years ago. The case involving Au Nok-hin and Anthony Wong, who were accused of...

Anthony Wong, Au Nok-hin charged over rally songs

The ICAC on Monday charged Cantopop singer Anthony Wong and former lawmaker Au Nok-hin with corruption, after the entertainer sang at a rally held by the politician around a week before he went on to win a 2018 Legco by-election. The anti-graft body says the pair face one count of...

ICAC charges Benny Tai, two others over 2016 polls

Occupy movement co-founder Benny Tai has been charged by the ICAC over a strategic voting scheme that he proposed for the Legco polls in 2016. Five years ago, Tai came up with the “ThunderGo” strategy, which sought to use pre-election poll results to co-ordinate pro-democracy voters for the September 4...

Merkel bloc’s advantage narrows in German election poll

Germany’s opposition Green party gained in a weekly election poll, narrowing the lead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc to 10 percentage points. Support for the Greens rose 1 point to 18 percent in the Insa poll. That would be enough to construct a governing majority with the Social Democrats...

CE: Foreign passport declaration is basic information

Carrie Lam has confirmed that election committee candidates will have to declare whether or not they or their spouse owns a foreign or British National Overseas passport, saying that this was "very basic" information. The chief executive made the comments in response to a question over reports that some ex-officio...

Bulgarians vote in second national election in 3 months

Former Bulgaria's Prime Minister and leader of centre-right GERB party Boyko Borisov addresses suporters during a pre-election rally in the city of Kardzhali on July 5, 2021 . (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP) SOFIA - Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday that will decide whether protest parties can form...