Record nominations for NPC deputy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2008, 12:00am

Local deputy to the National People's Congress Wilfred Wong Ying-wai signed up for re-election yesterday, with a record 180 nominations.

His nominations surpassed those of first-time contender Bernard Chan, the executive councillor and legislative councillor, who submitted his application with 116 nominations on Tuesday.

Mr Wong, a businessman, is seeking a third term in the state legislature. He was elected in 2002 with the sixth-highest number of ballots among 54 candidates.

Three other contestants - barrister Martin Liao Cheung-kong, incumbent deputy Ma Fung-kwok and solicitor Ma Ho-fai - also broke Mr Chan's record, with 146, 145 and 136 nominations respectively. Mr Liao is running for the first time and Ma Ho-fai was defeated in his previous attempt in 2002.

Ten nominations from the 1,231-member election panel are required for candidacy. Eight candidates signed up yesterday, bringing the total number to 26. Nominations close on Wednesday.