Smaller groups unveil candidates for district council elections

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am

Contenders from smaller political organisations yesterday launched their campaigns for the district council elections on the eve of the two-week nomination period.

The move came after the Democratic Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) unveiled their candidate lineups on Sunday.

The Frontier, the Savantas Policy Institute and the Civic Party yesterday unveiled their contenders for the November 18 elections, many of whom are taking to the hustings for the first time.

Introducing 14 hopefuls at a ceremony in Mongkok, The Frontier convenor Emily Lau Wai-hing would not be drawn on how many would win but hoped six incumbents could retain their seats.

Civic Party chairman Kuan Hsin-chi, announcing the party's 44-strong electoral lineup in Chater Garden, said its campaigns for the Election Committee and chief executive election over the past year had fostered a new electoral culture.

Four newcomers affiliated with the Savantas Policy Institute launched their election bids with the support of chairwoman and Legco by-election candidate Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee outside Immigration Tower in Wan Chai.

Tony Liu Kit-ming, chairman of the Police Inspectors' Association, who was seen at the Savantas campaign with his 18-year-old son, said he had known one of the candidates supported by the group for a long time but was not there to canvass for him.

He said he understood the guidelines prohibiting police officers from taking part in political campaigns. Mr Liu said he brought his son as part of his civic education.

Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat said Mr Liu's presence could create suspicion of someone breaching the guidelines, and Mr Liu should give a better explanation.