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  1. Scrap appointed district seats, minister says

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong and Peter So Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen has called for the abolition of appointed district council seats by the next district ... appointed district council seats should be gone before universal suffrage for the chief executive is in place in 2017,' Tam told RTHK. 'But I have to wait for the government's stance ...

  2. What district votes mean to Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei District council elections, involving 412 seats in 18districts across Hong Kong, will take place this Sunday. Here we take a look at the history and development of the district council since colonial rule. The district council: who, what, when? Each district council term lasts for four years. The period for the forthcoming district council members will run from ...

  3. No contest for 80 seats in district polls

    Posted Sep 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Infighting among pan-democrats has left 80 district council seats in the upcoming election with only one candidate, most of whom are from ... will be uncontested, with the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong walking into 34 of the 42 that will go to pro-government political groups. In last district poll in 2007, just 41 ...

  4. More at stake in district elections

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... The District Council elections next month have drawn a record number of candidates. With 73 poised to be elected unopposed, some 854 candidates will be competing for 339 seats, making ... it would be better if they had more- but are not merely talking shops. Under the political reform package for 2012 endorsed by the Legislative Council, more district councillors will be given seats ...

  5. District poll fight heats up

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stuart Lau and Fanny W. Y. Fung Growing political awareness and activism, along with the birth of new political parties, means Hong Kong is likely to face keenly contested district council elections in November. Voters will elect 412 councillors, the largest number in the almost three decades since the district administration system was set up- and they will have more choice than ever ...

  6. Fears of rush job on district council seats

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Pan-democrat legislators fear the government may be about to rush through another constitutional amendment- to scrap appointed seats on district councils. ... another pan-democrat, Lee Cheuk-yan. 'The district council appointment system is an illegal political structure added in 1998,' said Lee, drawing an analogy with the current row over ...

  7. Legco president rules himself out of district council 'super seat' race

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... problems finding him a safe seat. This means the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker is unlikely to seek a district council seat next year that would allow him to stand for one of five new seats created in Legco's functional constituency for district councils. These seats have been dubbed 'super seats' because 3.2 million people- all those ...

  8. District council route a bridge to nowhere

    Posted Jun 17th 2010, 12:00am by James Lee

    ... in any form, the government was left with proposing the district-council option for 2012 as the way forward. This involves putting geographically elected district councillors in newly created functional constituency seats. The proposed arrangement is tenuous in the longer term. District councils, unlike other functional constituencies, are not socio-economic groupings. In a large city, ...

  9. Appointees strengthen hand of government in districts

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung, Albert Wong and Eva Wu Administration allies call the shots to run 17 of 18 councils No district will be dominated by the pan-democrats after 102 government appointees were named to 18 councils yesterday. Sham Shui Po was the only district where a majority of seats were won by pan-democrats in the polls last month. But the camp will now occupy only half ...

  10. Don't underestimate vote in district polls

    Posted Nov 18th 2007, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung Four years ago, a record number of voters cast their ballots in district council elections. Political agitation precipitated by the massive July 1 rally had electrified ... different. With every possible circumstance working against them, the pan-democrats declared a state of emergency a week ago and began an all-out push to gain support ahead of today's district ...




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