Saturday, 30 July 2016

Rejected Before the Ballot

Chan Ho-tin of Hong Kong National Party had his nomination rejected
The controversial second form that would-be candidates had to sign, acknowledging that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China, has, as expected, weeded out some pro-independence candidates.

Andy Chan Ho-tin of the Hong Kong National Party that advocates independence, said he received an email from the Electoral Affairs Commission, saying his application to run in New Territories West had been "invalidated".

Seven others are in a similar situation to Chan, but have yet to hear back from the electoral commission. They include a member of Youngspiration, and five from an alliance between Civic Passion, Proletariat Political Institute and Hong Kong Resurgence Order.

Why does the electoral commission choose who runs or not?
Edward Leung Tin-kei of Hong Kong Indigenous hasn't had a response yet either.He apparently dropped his pro-independence platform and signed the form.

In the meantime Chan said he would seek a judicial review and a future election petition.

"The National Party is honoured to become the first party to be banned from joining a democratic election by the government due to political difference," the party wrote on its Facebook page. It urged those who supported democracy to boycott the election as the move "has violated the Basic Law".

There are two points to this story.

Edward Leung is still waiting to hear back on his application
Article 1 of Chapter 1 of the Basic Law says: "The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China".

As a result, advocating independence is a lost cause already.

However, by the same token, why is the Electoral Affairs Commission given the political task of weeding out people based on their election platforms?

This body should be as apolitical as possible. Why it should even issue a second form is redundant, as the first one declares the signatory upholds the Basic Law, ie, that they accept that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China.

Obviously someone was meddling in this so who was it?

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