Legislative Council elections 2016

Localist Hong Kong lawmakers opt not to practise their oath ahead of Legco ceremony

Only three of the 17 newly elected legislators rehearsed, keeping what they will say when sworn in under wraps

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 September, 2016, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, 11:03am

Newly elected localist legislators planning to come up with distinctive ways to take their oath of office to demonstrate their opposition to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s leadership kept their routines under wraps yesterday ahead of next month’s inaugural meeting. Seventeen legislators-elect were guided through a trial run of the oath-taking ceremony by the Legislative Council Secretariat in the main chamber. Among the newly elected members, only three pro-establishment legislators Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, Holden Chow Ho-ding and medical sector representative Pierre Chan – took the opportunity to rehearse for the ceremony. Earlier, at least two localists said they would recite the oath in their personal ways. But while several newly elected lawmakers from the localist camp were in attendance – including Youngspiration’s Yau Wai-ching and Civic Passion’s Cheng Chung-tai – no one rehearsed the ceremony, keeping their plans secret. Photo: Dickson Lee