Plan to raise expenses limit draws fire

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am

A plan to allow candidates in the November district council elections to increase spending on their campaigns up to a limit of HK$53,000 has been criticised for favouring 'richer parties'. Legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip, who recently quit the League of Social Democrats, said: 'I do not see any reason why one needs to spend so much for a small-scale election... a higher expense limit only favours those candidates from rich parties. They can spend more on publicity,' he said.