Appointed seats on district councils may become a thing of the past by 2016 under a government proposal, after one-third of the 102 seats were abolished last month.Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am
District council elections, involving 412 seats in 18districts across Hong Kong, will take place this Sunday.
Here we take a look at the history and development of the district council since colonial rule.
The district council: who, what, when?3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
On September 14, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, former secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, announced a new plan for the Hong Kong district council election.1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
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
The appointment of 102 district councillors by the chief executive yesterday highlights how far our city still has to go before its political system becomes fully democratic. This practice, which has its roots in the colonial era, is inherently undemocratic and should be scrapped when reforms take place.15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
The pan-democrats will lose further influence in the district councils if Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen appoints the more than 100 councillors he is entitled to name.
The chief executive is entitled to appoint 102 people to the 18 district councils for four-year terms. There are 405 elected members.26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Campaigning for the district council elections is in its final stages, as voters go to the polls this Sunday. Some people have complained that the elections have been overshadowed by the more glamorous Hong Kong Island Legislative Council by-election.16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Local councils still haven't advanced democracy, say veterans
To the governor of the day, they were recognition that districts' problems could not be dealt with by the colonial government alone. To Lau Wong-fat, the district boards and their successors, the elected district councils, are 'fake democracy' at work.8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Contrary to appearances, district councils have an important place in the evolution of political participation in Hong Kong. Their predecessors, the district boards, were established 25 years ago amid debate about the city's future, when negotiations leading to the Sino-British Declaration of 1984 had only just begun.8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Parking facilities for bikes in Tseung Kwan O, the allocation of stalls in a Shamshuipo jade market and the planting of trees in Wan Chai are among the issues in districts that are deemed trivial. But when it comes to people-based governance, they're matters that count.12 May 2006 - 12:00am