At least two Beijing-loyalist heavyweights are seeking new terms as deputies to the National People's Congress.
Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Maria Tam Wai-chu both signed up in the morning yesterday, the first day of the 11-day nomination period which ends on December 4. Neither would say how many nominations they obtained.
Law said they were not vying to see who got the most nominations. "We are publicising our intention to run and we will start contacting the members of the election committee, to let them know about our ideas and how we deal with things. The most important thing is to get them to vote for us," she said.
Solicitor Vincent To Wai-keung also signed on after getting more than 100 nominations, and said he was confident of winning a place on the Hong Kong delegation to the national legislature.
About 1,600 local electors will choose the 36 local NPC delegates on December 19, and with about 10 local delegates not expected to seek re-election, professionals from various sectors widely seen as loyal to Beijing are showing interest in running.
They include former security chief Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong; Nameson Group chairman Wong Ting-chung; HongKong Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association vice-president Cheung Ming-man; Zhang Tiefu, director general of the social affairs department at the central government's liaison office; and Li Yinquan, vice-president of the China Merchants Group.