HK politics risks being a men-only club

HK politics risks being a men-only club

If women hold up half the sky, you wouldn't know it from the rotten-borough functional constituency lawmakers returned in Sunday's Legislative Council election. It's an all-male cast.

Saturday, 15 September, 2012, 3:24am

Blank votes could harm pan-democrats' 'super seat' hopes

Pan-democrat Frederick Fung

"Super seat" contender Frederick Fung Kin-kee said he was worried that People Power's call to cast blank votes could hinder pan-democrats' goal of winning three of the five seats.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:01am

Hong Kong election laws favour big parties, says candidate

A candidate in next month's Legislative Council election is seeking a judicial review of the laws governing the poll, claiming they favour big parties that have members running in both geographical constituencies and the so-called super seats.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

Rivals gripe over Peck's wrong number

Pamela Peck Wan-kam, who is contesting a 'super seat' in the Legco election, has received complaints from pan-democratic candidates in all five geographical constituencies because she is using the wrong candidate number on her banners for next month's poll.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Democrat new boys defending key seats

Pan-democrats are fighting what could be their tightest races in two political strongholds.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

It is better to close loophole rather than scrap all Legco's trade-based seats

As we approach next month's Legislative Council election, there has been fresh controversy over some functional constituencies ('41 voting firms registered at same address', July 20).

It is been revealed that some companies that vote in trade-based seats have been registered at the same address. One academic described it as a 'suspicious phenomenon'.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

Record number in Legco unelected

A post-handover record 16 functional constituency candidates are set to be returned unopposed as legislative councillors in October.

Ten of them are incumbents, six of whom were also returned unopposed in 2008, including the Heung Yee Kuk's Lau Wong-fat and Abraham Razack of the real estate and construction sector.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

C.Y.'s aide figures out how to help election bid

A former aide of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is back in the political arena, but this time as a voluntary adviser to a pan-democrat candidate for the accounting sector in the Legislative Council election.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dutch-born councillor kicks off Legco campaign

Civic Party member Paul Zimmerman has begun his campaign as an independent candidate in September's legislative elections, which the party fears may hurt the chances of other members.

A copy of an e-mail from Zimmerman, obtained by the South China Morning Post and dated on Wednesday, shows that the Dutch-born Southern District councillor has begun asking for nominations.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Despite Leung's heady toast, reconciliation is off the table

The 'great reconciliation', as touted by Leung Chun-ying after his election triumph on March 25, has yet to go beyond the wine-fuelled banter that marked the two dinners attended by him and supporters of campaign rival Henry Tang Ying-yen in recent months.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Six may throw hats in the ring for Legco tourism seat

At least six people are contemplating running for the tourism functional constituency in September's Legislative Council election to replace Paul Tse Wai-chun, who is expected to opt for direct election to Legco.

Most of the potential candidates are from travel agencies, which are facing staggering rental costs, a labour shortage and proposed legislation on working hours.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Why Article 23 and an open vote belong together

There is bad news for anyone hoping things will calm down on the political front after the present Legislative Council term ends in a few weeks' time. After a summer pause, pandemonium is likely to break out at a higher pitch than ever.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Legco members 'internet failures'

It may have been a powerful weapon that helped mobilise masses of protesters to topple tyrannical governments in the Middle East, but in Hong Kong politics, social media are more akin to notice boards, a local concern group says.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Empty seats at dinner date with Leung

Pro-Beijing lawmakers raised a glass to chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying when they met for their so-called reconciliation dinner - but many members of the camp were conspicuous by their absence.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Culture sector unhappy about having no voice

The bundling of all 14 of the Election Committee's cultural sector votes in favour of Leung Chun-ying upset others in the sector who claim their views were not sought.

Their discontent surfaced in an online petition that also calls for a change in the Legislative Council's functional constituency set-up, to split culture and the arts from sport.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am