Lee Cheuk-yan could run in 'flawed' election

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 July, 2011, 12:00am


Lee Cheuk-yan, a pan-democratic-camp lawmaker, opposed the establishment of the new 'super' seats in the Legislative Council. But the veteran unionist, who is currently organising a new party to represent labour interests, is keen to expand labour influence. He is now weighing up whether to run for one of the five seats, which will represent district councillors in Legco.

Lee could face a keen battle with Beijing-loyalist Chan Yuen-han, another heavyweight unionist who has said she is considering standing.

Lee says he first needs to consult members of the Confederation of Trade Unions, of which he is secretary general.

The five new district council-sector seats will be introduced into Legco next year along with five more geographical constituency seats. This came about through the electoral reform package passed last year. Candidates for the so-called super seats will first have to secure an elected seat on a district council in November's general poll, and get nominations from at least 15 other elected district councillors.

The contest for these five seats has drawn particular attention because all registered voters in Hong Kong will be eligible to vote in this sector, unlike in direct elections where each contender only has to canvass in a geographical constituency.

Lee, currently a New Territories West legislator, said: 'The pro [side] of running is that the super seats have high representation. I will be able to engage more citizens and expand my service area.

'But the con side is that I would have to stand in an election with a discredited method.'

Lee is chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.