Council Elections

Fake voting address leads to suspended jail sentence

People who rigged votes in last year's district council elections will be given immediate jail sentences if they are found guilty of casting a ballot after filing a false address, a magistrate told a court yesterday.

Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am

Electoral integrity must be upheld

A series of irregularities unearthed by the media shortly after the district council polls last month has aroused concerns that our voter registration system may be too loose and prone to abuse. Officials have responded by taking steps to tighten the arrangements. It is good to see that the need to plug the loophole has finally been recognised by the government.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rational choice

There have been various informed and speculative explanations for the rather astonishing results of the recent district council elections.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats suffer as demographic changes tip the balance

The pan-democrats' setback in the district council elections defied the conventional wisdom that they benefit from higher turnouts, since voter turnout was 2.6 percentage points higher than in the 2007 polls.

Political analysts said the unexpected result may be due to demographic changes among voters.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mental centres a political hot potato

Almost 90 per cent of candidates for the district council elections have shied away from stating their views about having a mental health centre in their district.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Running tips

The chief executive election is currently garnering much of the public's attention, yet nominations for the district council elections officially ended last week and the polling date is only just over a month away.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Waste sent to treatment centre while radioactive

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Back to basics at polls

Just a couple of months ago, it looked as if this year's district council elections would hinge on electoral reform questions.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Grey vote may hit Democrat chances

Pan-democrats face a tough battle in November's district council elections, politicians in those parties say.

Changing demographics have meant an ageing electorate and a fall in the number of voters in their thirties and forties, who are more inclined to support for the pan-democrats.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

District poll fight heats up

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 in each seat.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Year of ugly politics

If we look at how, within months, this city saw the birth of three political organisations, we can be sure that the Year of the Rabbit will be a big year for Hong Kong politics. This is the year we will see whether the constitutional reform package passed last year will translate to actual progress in democratisation.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Pro-democracy veteran to enter fray again in district council polls

A long-time pro-democracy activist who was defeated in the 2007 district council elections plans to stage a comeback in next year's district council polls.

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, convenor of the Power for Democracy, said he was duty-bound to stand as he was one of the pan-democrats co-ordinating candidates.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Party dissidents fail in their attempt to unseat league chairman

An attempt by party dissidents to unseat the League of Social Democrats' chairman Andrew To Kwan-hang and the executive committee failed last night.

The motion was defeated, 170-111, with 10 abstentions.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Rise in spending limits for candidates

A cap on candidates' campaign expenses for the Legislative Council elections will increase by 5 per cent under a government proposal.

The HK$10-per-vote subsidy for candidates will also increase to HK$11 to cope with inflation, according to a government paper.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Mainlanders drown in Sai Kung

Two mainland women drowned in Sai Kung's waters as they were being smuggled into Hong Kong early yesterday. Marine police found the bodies of the women. A search of the area netted two men and three women aged between 20 and 41, one of whom is understood to be a snakehead whose boat capsized near the coast.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

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