Hong Kong Island By-Election

Independents plan offbeat exploits to wow voters

Hong Kong should prepare itself for some raucous election action next month as the independent candidates vow to steal the limelight from their better-known political competitors in the race for Legco seats.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

A man who sees it as his duty to serve

Fresh from escaping his own political maelstrom, Bernard Chan spoke last week about the kind of governance he thinks Hong Kong needs. A handful of concepts kept popping up - most of them at odds with the confrontational atmosphere that has defined local politics in recent days.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

As the chief executive election approaches, opinion polls have gauged the public's sentiment about who they support. But the real voters on March 25 are the 1,194 members of the Election Committee. That's why we have turned to them for our second debate.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Shameful farce' spurs Regina Ip to run

Lawmaker and former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee last night announced her intention to run for chief executive - a race she said had turned into a 'shameful farce' - despite admitting she had yet to secure the necessary number of nominations.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The pan-democrats need to campaign with an eye on 2017

To the surprise of most people, the pan-democrats have secured more than 200 seats on the Election Committee. They are not only set to win a place for one of their candidates to take part in the chief executive election - which requires 150 votes - but also have quite a few extra votes to spare.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Two-way talk

Athree-way race for chief executive will be most interesting. With the selection completed of the 1,200 people who will elect Hong Kong's next leader, the pan-democratic camp can now be assured that their candidate will get the 150 nominations needed to be at the starting block. Indeed, the pan-democrats garnered 205 seats.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Regina Ip rules out run for top job

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has dropped the idea of running for the city's top job next year but says she might run in 2017.

The chairwoman of the New People's Party also said she had no interest in serving in the next chief executive's cabinet as chief secretary, a post that she had been approached to consider.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Prisoners need extra phone time

I am writing regarding the policy restricting inmates in Hong Kong's prison system to 10 minutes of phone time every three months.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats get vow on visits

A Hong Kong delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Dr Lew Mon-hung, says he will submit a proposal to the conference in March to allow pan-democrats to return to the mainland.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Look out for the pendulum effect

In my previous article on the recent district council elections, I warned against the pitfalls of writing off the Civic Party just because of its setback in a single election. Not only that, it would be even more foolish to write off the pan-democrats because they won far fewer seats than some scholars expected.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

City to choose pan-democrat contender

The pan-democrats will stage a primary election to choose a candidate from their camp to run in the chief executive race.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Vote-rigging cannot be tolerated in a fair society

On the surface, the district council election results seem to have overturned long-held beliefs that the pro-democracy camp has more voter support than the pro-Beijing and pro-establishment camp.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Regina Ip still to decide on campaign for top job

Will she or won't she? Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee kept Hongkongers guessing last night about whether she would join the race for chief executive, despite strong support from her party.

The New People's Party chairwoman (pictured) last month said she would set up an exploratory committee to consider a campaign, subject to her party members' approval.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats' road to defeat paved with blunders

Despite the relatively high turnout and a clear victory for the pro-establishment camp, last Sunday's district council elections appeared pretty lacklustre on the surface.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Friction deepens among battered pan-democrats

Friction between radicals and moderates in the pan-democratic camp is set to deepen in the wake of its disappointing showing in the district council polls.

The People Power group yesterday vowed to take its confrontational approach into next year's Legislative Council election.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am