Three candidates are ruled out of the running

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 2004, 12:00am

Three candidates for the Legco elections have been disqualified.

Dominic Liu Yat-wing, a government telecommunications engineer, was ruled out of the information technology race because he is on pre-retirement leave and technically still a civil servant. Civil servants are not allowed to stand in Legco elections.

The disqualification has left the sector a three-horse race between Sin Chung-kai, Samson Tam Wai-ho and Miriam Leung Mun-yee.

In New Territories West, Carl Ching Lok-suen was disqualified because of insufficient nominations. The Grassroots Democratic Society co-ordinator failed to meet the minimum requirement of nominations from 100 voters in the constituency after some votes were found to be invalid.

Mr Ching, who said he campaigned for the introduction of universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008, admitted that he was not well prepared. He hoped to convince other candidates to adopt his platforms.

Independent Samuel Iu Shing-chi, who originally planned to run in Kowloon West on his own list, last night said he had been told by the Electoral Affairs Commission that he was disqualified. A reason is expected to be given today.