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...

Prosecutors change their tune over Anthony Wong songs

Singer Anthony Wong and former pro-democracy lawmaker Au Nok-hin have each been bound over for 18 months in the sum of HK$2,000 for corruption charges in connection to the Legco by-election in 2018. The ICAC charged the pair earlier this week over a rally which took place shortly before the...

Pro-Beijing heavyweights appointed to vetting body

Three pro-Beijing heavyweights were on Tuesday appointed as non-official members of a powerful new panel that will decide who gets to sit on the Election Committee, or take part in Legco and chief executive races. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said former justice secretary Elsie Leung, former Legco president Rita Fan,...

High Court bails 12th Legco primaries suspect

The High Court on Tuesday granted bail to another of the 47 people facing a subversion charge for taking part in the pro-democracy camp’s Legco primaries last year. Owen Chow, 24, was released on a cash bail of HK$50,000 and a surety of another HK$50,000. Justice Esther Toh ordered the...

League of Social Democrats to boycott upcoming polls

The League of Social Democrats announced on Tuesday it is not going to field candidates in the upcoming election committee or Legislative Council polls, saying Hong Kong has lost a fair and just electoral system following Beijing’s overhaul. The pro-democracy group urged its allies to also boycott the polls, but...

Messengers from Beijing want us to run for Legco: DP

The Democratic Party said most of its supporters don't want the party to run in the Legislative Council election later this year, contrary to overtures by "messengers from Beijing" who are urging them to do so despite the government's electoral overhaul. In any case, party chairman Lo Kin-hei said the...

CY Leung again dodges questions over CE re-run

CY Leung says he would be happy to serve the country and Hong Kong in any role – but stopped short of saying he would run again for Chief Executive next year. The comments come amid speculation that Leung, a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, could launch...

Lawmakers back plan for Legco to reach new heights

Lawmakers on Monday gave their backing to a government proposal to expand the Legislative Council complex, to accommodate more members added to the body through Beijing’s electoral overhaul. Legco will grow from 70 members to 90 following this December’s election, but the number of directly elected seats will shrink from...

Legco elections to be held in December

Legco elections to be held in December Legco president Andrew Leung revealed on Tuesday that the next Legco elections will take place in December, and that current lawmakers will stay on in the council until then. The polls had been scheduled for September last year, but officials scrapped them, citing...

Legco rioting case set for trial in two years’ time

Legco rioting case set for trial in two years' time The District Court on Friday set a trial date in 2023 for 14 people charged with rioting in the Legislative Council during an anti-extradition protest on July 1 two years ago. District Judge David Dufton approved the prosecution’s request and...