Joshua Wong disqualified for Hong Kong District Council election

2019-10-29 13:47:00Xinhua Editor : Gu Liping ECNS App Download
Photo taken on Aug. 30, 2019 shows Joshua Wong in south China's Hong Kong. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on Aug. 30, 2019 shows Joshua Wong in south China's Hong Kong. (Xinhua)

The nomination of Joshua Wong, the leader of a political group advocating "Hong Kong's independence," as a candidate in the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was declared invalid on Tuesday.

Wong's nomination was decided as invalid in accordance with the Electoral Affairs Commission (Electoral Procedure) (District Councils) Regulation, the Electoral Affairs Commission's Returning Officer for Wong's constituency said in a notice of decision as to validity of nomination.

The Returning Officers for the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election have made decisions on the nomination of all candidates. Wong, the secretary-general of political group Demosisto, was disqualified "as he did not comply with section 34(1) of the District Councils Ordinance," the HKSAR government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The HKSAR government supports the decision by the Returning Officers, the statement added.

"The candidate cannot possibly comply with the requirements of the relevant electoral laws, since advocating or promoting 'self-determination' is contrary to the content of the declaration that the law requires a candidate to make to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the HKSAR," said a spokesman of the HKSAR government.


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