Push for convicted lawmakers to be ousted - for the sake of democracy

Radical lawmakers Wong Yuk-man and Albert Chan Wai-yip have been given suspended jail terms for unlawful assembly after a protest march two years ago. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Radical lawmakers Wong Yuk-man and Albert Chan Wai-yip have been given suspended jail terms for unlawful assembly after a protest march two years ago.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 3:50pm 3 comments

Liberals score shock win in British Columbia polls

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. Photo: Reuters

British Columbia's centre-right premier Christy Clark has scored a stunning election victory, contradicting every poll to trounce the opposition New Democratic Party and silence critics of her Liberal Party's pro-business agenda.

16 May 2013 - 2:43am

Pressure on Julia Gillard amid poll slump

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: AP

A key Australian government figure yesterday confirmed pre-election unrest within the Labor Party over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's leadership, but claimed there was no leadership challenge likely against her yet.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

The lesson of the Singapore election

Singapore's opposition Worker's Party won the by-election for the Punggol East single member constituency on Saturday with a surprising margin. Photo: Xinhua

Singapore's governing People's Action Party is soul-searching as to how it could have lost another election to the opposition Worker's Party of Singapore. Saturday's by-election defeat, the second in less than a year, on top of its worst-ever general poll showing in 2011, leaves it with 80 of the 87 elected seats in parliament.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:14am 8 comments

By-election defeat for Singapore's ruling party

Workers' Party candidate Lee Li Lian (centre) shows her appreciation to the residents of Punggol East in Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

Singapore's ruling party needs to reconnect with voters or face more severe setbacks in national polls, analysts said yesterday after a massive swing to the opposition in a by-election dominated by debate over the rising cost of living and immigration.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:30am

Singapore's ruling party loses key by-election

Workers' Party supporters celebrate after the results for the Punggol east by-election was announced in Singapore. Photo: AFP

The opposition Workers' Party defeated the People's Action Party (PAP), which has been in power for more than 50 years, following a campaign dominated by issues including the rising cost of living and immigration.

27 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party faces by-election test

Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore's governing party faces a poll test this month to fill the seat of the ex-parliamentary Speaker who quit over an affair, officials said, at a time of growing criticism of its rule.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Lawyers back polls for Legco vacancies

One of Hong Kong's most powerful legal lobbying groups has thrown its weight behind the fight to retain by-elections to fill midterm vacancies in the Legislative Council, in the face of the government's bid to ban them.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Government still not in clear over by-elections axe

Challenges could still be in the pipeline despite the government's changes to the way vacant Legislative Council seats are filled, according to legal scholars.

The original plan to fill midterm Legco vacancies with the next-best-placed candidate instead of a by-election sparked fierce criticism from the Bar Association.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Should Legco scrap by-elections for geographical constituencies?

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

It is not necessary to hold a by-election to fill a vacant seat in the Legislative Council. The government should scrap wasteful and redundant by-elections.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Plug loophole to avoid wasting public money on ersatz by-elections

In the letter ('Move to axe by-elections is an affront', May 28) Civic Party chairman Chan Ka-lok quotes a Polish politician saying that 'democracy is priceless'.

I could not agree more with the assertion that democracy is priceless. However, striving for democracy at the expense of others is something else entirely.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

By-elections given a no-vote

The government has a plan to stop lawmakers using by-elections to stage 'referendums' - by scrapping by-elections in geographical constituencies.

In a proposal announced yesterday, a vacant seat in the Legislative Council arising from the resignation or death of a legislator would be filled by the next best placed candidate at the previous election.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Officials face by-elections dilemma

What do you do when your boss implies that voting in by-elections amounts to condoning an abuse of process, yet you have a statutory duty to promote elections?

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Confusion over need for by-election

CONFUSION reigned yesterday over whether a by-election should be called if candidates for the direct election were disqualified after the polls were held.

Acting Chief Secretary for Administration Michael Suen Ming-yeung, said there should be a by-election.

26 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

PM faces test in local polls

LONDON: The biggest true test of the Tories' popularity since the 1992 election took place in Britain yesterday with local-government elections in 5,000 seats across the country.

About 15,000 candidates were fighting in 32 London boroughs, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 114 shire districts, four Welsh districts and 12 Scottish regional and island councils.

6 May 1994 - 12:00am