Ip to lead delegation from party to Beijing
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is leading a delegation from the New People's Party next month on its first visit to Beijing.
The legislator and former security minister, who has hinted at a run for the post of chief executive next year, declined to say whether she would discuss the election with officials. But she said a meeting with officials from the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office would be on the itinerary.
The planned visit comes amid increasing speculation over the election. On Monday, Wang Guangya, head of the Hong Kong and Macau affairs office, laid out three criteria for the city's next chief in a meeting with a delegation from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.
'The main theme of our trip,' Ip told the South China Morning Post, 'is the development of new industries in Hong Kong and how Hong Kong should position itself under the 12th national five-year plan. It is about economic restructuring.'
Meanwhile, the Professional Teachers' Union said yesterday a flaw in the law guiding the formation of the election committee that picks the chief executive might lead to as many as 900 teaching staff in the higher education sector - a stronghold of the pan-democrats - losing their eligibility to vote. Among them is a lecturer who was among Alan Leong Kah-kit's nominators in the 2007 chief executive election.
The Registration and Electoral Office identifies eligible voters from a list of recognised institutions under the Chief Executive Election Ordinance and their various arms.
But the academics said the list had not kept up to date with reorganisations of some tertiary institutions, meaning some teachers would lose their voter status even though their jobs had not changed.