United Kingdom Constituencies

Pan-democrats fear high poll spending

A proposal to let Legislative Council candidates spend money on election campaigns has been strongly opposed by the pan-democrats, who fear it would favour their relatively better-off opponents.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2008, 12:00am

KOWLOON CITY: now and then

2003 district council election:

Population: 369,130

Number of electors: 148,213

Number of constituencies: 22

Number of candidates: 53 (no races were uncontested)

1999 district council election:

Number of electors: 133,481

Number of constituencies: 22

Number of candidates: 47

7 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

SHATIN: now and then

2003 District Council election

Estimated population: 636 562

Number of electors: 295,756

Number of constituencies: 36

Number of candidates: 68 (Nine candidates returned uncontested)

1999 District Council election:

Number of electors: 276,538

Number of constituencies: 36

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am


60 members: 30 returned by functional constituencies; 24 by geographical constituencies; six by Election Committee composed of 800 people; Two new functional constituencies for the catering industry and district councils replace the two for the Provisional Urban Council and Provisional Regional Council, which will be scrapped at the end of the year.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Rules apply to election costs

Under the Guidelines on Election-related Activities in Respect of the 1998 Legislative Council Election, the maximum expenditure allowed in a geographical constituency election is $1.5 million for a list in a three-seat constituency, which rises to $2.5 million for a list in a five-seat constituency.

11 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Higher campaign spending limit gets official go-ahead

Despite fierce criticism, the Government is to press ahead with a higher limit for campaign spending - dismissing claims the increase would result in 'money politics'.

The new limits, endorsed by the Executive Council, will be contained in subsidiary legislation set to be gazetted today.

19 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Keep old election spending limit

Election campaigns can be costly, and various rules are adopted in different places to limit the degree to which financial resources available to individual candidates can affect election results.

In Hong Kong, the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Ordinance imposes a limit on the total amount a candidate and his agents are allowed to spend in an election.

2 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Borders good for long term

The boundaries for geographical constituencies would not have to be redefined for future elections if the proportional representation system was used, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yeung said.

The Legislative Council Bill covering next year's electoral rules was tabled for its first and second readings yesterday.

21 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Geographical system all wrong

ANDY Ho's article headlined, ''Anson leads District Board poll blunders'' (South China Morning Post, August 11), highlights two fundamental electoral problems, which can only get worse as things stand.

25 Aug 1994 - 12:00am