Debate stirs as to whether Ip Kwok-him should resign his Legco connections Questions have been raised about whether the vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) should resign as Legco's functional representative for district councils, after his defeat in Sunday's elections. A further concern is whether Ip Kwok-him can run in next year's Legco election for the functional constituency that represents district councils. It remains unclear whether the existing Legislative Council Ordinance allows him to. Mr Ip, whose district council term expires on December 31, was defeated by The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan in the Kwun Lung constituency in the Central and Western District, where he has been a district councillor for 12 years. Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, another newly elected district councillor, questioned Mr Ip's right to continue sitting in Legco: 'How can he claim to represent the district councils [in Legco] when he is not a district councillor?' Mr Cheng added Mr Ip should show his sense of responsibility by resigning from the post. Mr Ip did not say yesterday whether he thought he should step down. But he said on Sunday night after the elections: 'Why should I resign? It is absolutely okay under the law.' When asked whether he would run in next year's election to be the district council representative in Legco, he said his party had not discussed this issue. 'How I'm going to contest in the Legco election is a party decision.' Mr Ip said his functional constituency role was 'very important' since district councillors were elected by the public, and therefore were highly representative. According to the law, a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in a functional constituency election if he 'satisfies the returning officer for the constituency that the person has a substantial connection with the constituency'. Eric Cheung Tat-ming, associate professor of the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law, said it was clear that the existing laws did not require Mr Ip to resign from his post right now. But Professor Cheung said Mr Ip would not be eligible to represent the functional constituency next year since he no longer satisfied the 'substantial connections' as stated in the ordinance. 'The substantial connections should not include past members [of district councils]. Do you still have 'substantial connections' when you are not entitled to attend council meetings and cast votes?' he said.