Pan-democrats step up plans to strengthen hand on body that picks next Hong Kong leader

The camp may field 20 candidates in the architectural, surveying and planning sub-sector of the Election Committee

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 7:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 9:56pm

In a move to widen its participation in the chief executive election, the democratic camp may field 20 people to contest a professional sub-sector of the Election Committee that selects the Hong Kong leader and was the stronghold of Leung Chun-ying in the last election.

The camp fielded only two candidates in the architectural, surveying and planning sub-sector in 2011.

This time it is forming two teams to contest the 30 seats of the sub-sector. The first team, co-ordinated by three senior architects and planners, said on Monday they were “actively considering” submitting their bids when the nomination period started on November 8.

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“We do not support Leung Chun-ying to seek re-election because he has much to blame for a society that has been seriously torn apart,” architect Steve Chan Yiu-fai said.

He has joined hands with planner Stanley Ng Wing-fai, a Democratic Party member, and Lee Yuet, a retired government architect. They are looking for people who work in the trades to join the race.

The 1,200-strong committee comprises four sectors: industry, commercial and financial; professions; labour, social services and religion; and political. The sectors are further divided into 38 sub-sectors.

Chan, who was a Wan Chai district councillor from 2004 to 2008, said he understood several former presidents of the Institute of Architects would run for a seat independently and shared his voting preference, although they would not join his team.

But Chan said it had been difficult to get people on board. “Most architects work for land developers and they travel to the mainland a lot. In fact several respected architects told us over the weekend that they could not join us due to pressure from their bosses.”

The other team is coordinated by lawmaker Edward Yiu Chung-yim and involves younger members who have became politically active since Occupy Central.

Together, the two teams could field 20 candidates for the Election Committee, Ng said.

Marco Wu Moon-hoi, chairman of the Housing Society who organised a “G24” surveyor team to run for the committee in 2011 and who nominated Leung, told the Post he was “actively considering” running again.

“I’m planning to form a list together with others who share the same vision,” he said.

In the Legislative Council elections in September, the pro-establishment representative for the sector, Tony Tse Wai-chuen, lost his seat to Yiu because of competition from a rival in his camp, Bernard Lim Wan-fung. Wu said this race would be more unpredictable because the election system for the Election Committee was different.