Linda Choy

Failed Urban Council candidate spent $600

The money spent by individual candidates and teams on the first SAR election campaign ranged from $600 to more than $2 million, it was revealed yesterday.

Tuesday, 30 June, 1998, 12:00am

Complaint leads to change of venue

About 500 voters have been relocated to a polling station next to their homes in Sha Tin following a complaint to the Electoral Affairs Commission.

Commission chairman Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing apologised yesterday for the last-minute change.

But he rejected suggestions of any wrongdoing on the commission's part, noting the property was a new development.

23 May 1998 - 12:00am

First-day covers in contention

Provisional legislator Lo Suk-ching has sparked a controversy after sending first-day stamp covers to members of the Election Committee, which he hopes will elect him to a legislature seat.

Mr Lo submitted his nomination last Thursday.

15 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Housewives choose wrong day

Voters gave a mixed response to an election involving only 140,000 of 2.8 million registered electors.

While many who were entitled to a second vote failed to turn up at polling stations, some who were enthusiastic enough to boost the turnout found the door shut.

3 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Complaint level 'not a big deal'

Forty-five complaints were lodged about yesterday's election, Electoral Affairs Commission Chairman Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing said.

Five came from people who were upset they had no right to vote, several of them because they had changed address.

Four referred to the number of polling stations.

3 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

1,067 hopefuls eye seats on poll body

A total of 1,067 people have been nominated for 683 places up for grabs in the Election Committee.

The seven-day nomination period ended yesterday with 95 people in four sub-sectors securing uncontested seats. Six religious groups have named people for their 40 reserved seats, bringing the total number of nominees to 1,107.

21 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Teachers quit conduct council as row worsens

More educators yesterday quit as government advisers to express their anger at the Education Department.

Following the resignation of chairman Professor Cheng Kai-ming last week, seven principals and teachers yesterday resigned as members of the Council on Professional Conduct in Education.

16 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Deputy denies abalone meals bought votes

Bank director Liu Lit-for said he had no regrets about treating voters to expensive meals during the NPC vote.

The Liu Chong Hing Bank director denied buying members of the selection panel costly abalone meals to influence their vote, saying the meals were strictly business.

He also denied suggestions that his generosity had tainted the selection process.

2 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

'List system' hopefuls to monitor each other

Candidates running in the geographical polls will have to allocate campaign expenses between them, according to the commission.

A proportional representation 'list system' has been adopted for the May 24 polls. Voters will choose candidates grouped together on party lists.

19 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Political activities fail to lure young

Young people are not interested in activities organised by social and political groups, a survey shows.

A poll of 644 people conducted by an alliance of six youth groups found only 2.5 per cent had participated in political-group activities.

About seven per cent said they seldom took part while 90.7 per cent said they had never done so.

15 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Time tight for voters to appeal

Concerns were raised yesterday about the tight schedule for May's Legislative Council elections.

The timetable leaves only six days for handling appeals on voter registration.

At a meeting of the provisional legislature's sub-committee vetting the subsidiary election bills, chairman Ip Kwok-him asked if more time could be given for the appeals.

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Air fare perk cut for civil service children

Children of civil servants seeking education in Britain will only be reimbursed 75 per cent of their air fares instead of the full subsidy, according to an Executive Council decision.

The Government told the provisional legislature the move would save $17 million a year.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Review to look at district affairs

The policy address will kickstart a review on the structure of the lower two tiers of the representative government, the municipal councils and district boards.

The review's aim is to decide whether the existing structure could 'ensure the efficient and responsive delivery of services' to the community, according to Mr Tung, who said he had no preferences yet.

9 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Groups to be key in vote plan

The Executive Council will today examine the use of the proportional representation system for next year's geographical polls at its first meeting since the SAR's formation.

Under the proposals, the number of votes required to win a seat will be calculated by dividing the total of votes cast by the number of seats.

8 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Move to confirm validity of bills by shadow body

A bill providing for the ratification of legislation approved by the provisional legislature and the continuity of the legal system was last night tabled to interim body members.

The Reunification Bill was presented in the form of a white bill for discussion. It will undergo three readings at the first post-handover sitting at 2.45 am on July 1.

19 Jun 1997 - 12:00am