Lilian Cheng

Hong Kong

Lilian Cheng

Lilian joined the Post in 2019 as a senior reporter covering Hong Kong politics, Hong Kong-mainland issues, as well as housing and land policies. She started her career at Ming Pao in 2010 and was then a principal reporter at i-Cable News. She has won awards for her reports on a major historic relic discovery in Hong Kong, as well as vote-rigging problems in local elections.

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How does Hong Kong select its government?

Hong Kong is due to hold a series of elections to determine who will run the city over the next five years. It begins with the selection of delegates to the Election Committee, who will have great influence over who can run for a seat on the Legislative Council, as well as who can run to become the city's next leader, the chief executive. Elections in Hong Kong are not simple “one person, one vote” polls. Only a fraction of the Legislative Council is elected directly, and the top leader is chosen by the Election Committee, composed of a group that is only 0.02 per cent of the city's population. 
 

Hong Kong is due to hold a series of elections to determine who will run the city over the next five years. It begins with the selection of delegates to the Election Committee, who will have great influence over who can run for a seat on the Legislative Council, as well as who can run to become the city's next leader, the chief executive. Elections in Hong Kong are not simple “one person, one vote” polls. Only a fraction of the Legislative Council is elected directly, and the top leader is chosen by the Election Committee, composed of a group that is only 0.02 per cent of the city's population. 
 

22 Sep 2021 - 2:52PM
Hong Kong elections: why the next chief executive may no longer be known by 3 digits, such as ‘689’ for CY Leung, or Carrie Lam’s ‘777’

Figures representing votes won in leadership race may increase under a system shake-up that starts with Sunday’s Election Committee polls.

Figures representing votes won in leadership race may increase under a system shake-up that starts with Sunday’s Election Committee polls.

17 Sep 2021 - 9:28PM
Hong Kong district councillors have until 5pm Monday to hand over information to authorities scrutinising their oaths of office

Key to the demand by the Home Affairs Bureau is explaining their roles in a 2020 election primary that saw 47 opposition figures arrested for subversion.

Key to the demand by the Home Affairs Bureau is explaining their roles in a 2020 election primary that saw 47 opposition figures arrested for subversion.

11 Sep 2021 - 7:08PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to launch door-knock campaign to encourage elderly to get vaccinated

Fresh push will include organising special days where no appointment is necessary for a Covid-19 jab, civil service chief reveals.

Fresh push will include organising special days where no appointment is necessary for a Covid-19 jab, civil service chief reveals.

12 Sep 2021 - 12:06AM
Hong Kong Election Committee polls: hundreds of prominent members and tycoons in street outreach, but bid seen as ‘publicity stunt’

Most are prominent businessmen and Beijing loyalists who have been returned to the powerful political body uncontested, with critics questioning usefulness of campaign.

Most are prominent businessmen and Beijing loyalists who have been returned to the powerful political body uncontested, with critics questioning usefulness of campaign.

17 Sep 2021 - 6:52PM
Beijing’s push for closer mainland economic ties with Macau and Hong Kong: why is only one city being asked to extend ‘one country, two systems’?

Beijing has given Macau and Hong Kong two very different paths to expanding their horizons, but while the first city will have a say in directly governing a mainland area, the second is only being offered new economic opportunities.

Beijing has given Macau and Hong Kong two very different paths to expanding their horizons, but while the first city will have a say in directly governing a mainland area, the second is only being offered new economic opportunities.

8 Sep 2021 - 5:09PM
Hong Kong Election Committee candidates ‘play safe’ with bland slogans, no manifestos in nomination forms

No need for grandstanding in ‘elite politics’ as public not involved in voting, observers say.

No need for grandstanding in ‘elite politics’ as public not involved in voting, observers say.

8 Sep 2021 - 2:06PM
University of Hong Kong lifts campus ban on 18 student council members barred entry after motion mourning police attacker

According to a campus publication, several other members of the student union council received emails saying the ban on them was still in effect.

According to a campus publication, several other members of the student union council received emails saying the ban on them was still in effect.

2 Sep 2021 - 11:26PM
Hong Kong Arts Centre pulls plug on Denise Ho concert days after Canto-pop star and activist attacked by pro-Beijing paper

The venue cited a contract clause involving ‘public safety’ requirements but offered no specifics of decision to not allow the September 8-12 shows to go forward.

The venue cited a contract clause involving ‘public safety’ requirements but offered no specifics of decision to not allow the September 8-12 shows to go forward.

1 Sep 2021 - 11:23PM
Coronavirus: no restrictions on unvaccinated Hongkongers for now, but Lam warns of changes if fifth wave hits

Residents who have not been inoculated could be banned from entering certain premises, city leader warns, although there are no limitations for now.

Residents who have not been inoculated could be banned from entering certain premises, city leader warns, although there are no limitations for now.

31 Aug 2021 - 11:32PM
Hong Kong director accused of flouting Covid-19 rules over screening to take case to court instead of paying fine

Kiwi Chow says undercover raid on film screening that was meant to be a private event is ‘ridiculous and ugly’ and will not pay the HK$5,000 fine.

Kiwi Chow says undercover raid on film screening that was meant to be a private event is ‘ridiculous and ugly’ and will not pay the HK$5,000 fine.

30 Aug 2021 - 11:03PM
Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union amends constitution to speed up disbandment under government pressure

Rather than a full membership vote, a two-thirds majority of attendees at a special meeting will now suffice to end the 47-year-old organisation’s run.

Rather than a full membership vote, a two-thirds majority of attendees at a special meeting will now suffice to end the 47-year-old organisation’s run.

28 Aug 2021 - 10:18PM
Hong Kong police, undercover health inspectors raid film screening at opposition district councillor’s office

Forty-seven attendees ticketed for flouting social-distancing rules after raid Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Chu Kong-wa calls ‘political prosecution’.

Forty-seven attendees ticketed for flouting social-distancing rules after raid Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Chu Kong-wa calls ‘political prosecution’.

28 Aug 2021 - 10:18PM
Coronavirus: lone Hong Kong quarantine hotel for helpers from Philippines, Indonesia fully booked in under 24 hours

The Silka Tsuen Wan, which costs HK$800 a night, has no available rooms until October, but labour minister says government hopes to have second hotel option soon.

The Silka Tsuen Wan, which costs HK$800 a night, has no available rooms until October, but labour minister says government hopes to have second hotel option soon.

28 Aug 2021 - 11:25PM
Beijing delegation’s visit to Hong Kong much more than a briefing on economic development

On the surface, high-profile meetings appeared to simply be about city’s role in China’s 14th five-year plan, but analysts say messaging also focused on displeasure with failure to push forward policies or see the big picture.

On the surface, high-profile meetings appeared to simply be about city’s role in China’s 14th five-year plan, but analysts say messaging also focused on displeasure with failure to push forward policies or see the big picture.

26 Aug 2021 - 9:54AM
Hong Kong must speed up economic development and integration with nation, Beijing officials warn lawmakers

After losing so much time to political infighting, Hong Kong needs to roll up its sleeves and focus on moving forward, Huang Liuquan of the State Council’s office overseeing the city’s affairs tells lawmakers in unprecedented meeting.

After losing so much time to political infighting, Hong Kong needs to roll up its sleeves and focus on moving forward, Huang Liuquan of the State Council’s office overseeing the city’s affairs tells lawmakers in unprecedented meeting.

24 Aug 2021 - 1:26AM
Key Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs praises Carrie Lam administration’s ‘stabilising’ of society, efforts to solve deep-rooted problems

Local government can ‘lead the city’s development from a new historical starting point’ under Lam’s leadership, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan says

Local government can ‘lead the city’s development from a new historical starting point’ under Lam’s leadership, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan says

23 Aug 2021 - 11:18PM
Beijing unexpectedly postpones vote on adding anti-sanctions legislation to Hong Kong’s Basic Law

The law, designed to punish companies that abide by US sanctions or fail to carry out China’s, has prompted anxiety among some foreign investors.

The law, designed to punish companies that abide by US sanctions or fail to carry out China’s, has prompted anxiety among some foreign investors.

20 Aug 2021 - 11:23PM
Hong Kong to take ‘at least until next year’ to draft local version of anti-sanctions law

Lengthy talks with the business community will be needed before a bill localising the national law is drawn up, sources say.

Lengthy talks with the business community will be needed before a bill localising the national law is drawn up, sources say.

20 Aug 2021 - 7:04AM
National security law: 4 University of Hong Kong students arrested over motion mourning police assailant expected to be charged with advocating terrorism

Those arrested were among a group of 30 student union council members who voted in favour of a motion ‘appreciating the sacrifice’ of man who stabbed officer.

Those arrested were among a group of 30 student union council members who voted in favour of a motion ‘appreciating the sacrifice’ of man who stabbed officer.

18 Aug 2021 - 11:24PM
Hong Kong ‘must act with urgency’ on sanctions defences when Beijing approves new law for the city this week

Tam Yiu-chung, sole Hong Kong delegate to China’s top legislative body, says city should work closely with Beijing on developing its own defence system against foreign sanctions.

Tam Yiu-chung, sole Hong Kong delegate to China’s top legislative body, says city should work closely with Beijing on developing its own defence system against foreign sanctions.

17 Aug 2021 - 11:29PM
From fledgling alliance to protest powerhouse: a tumultuous 19 years for Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front

When the front was founded back in 2002, its members assumed it would just be temporary, but since then it has become one of the city’s most important outlets for public dissent.

When the front was founded back in 2002, its members assumed it would just be temporary, but since then it has become one of the city’s most important outlets for public dissent.

15 Aug 2021 - 11:04PM
Record number of uncontested seats for Hong Kong Election Committee polls – and Li Ka-shing is not throwing his hat into ring, for the first time since 1997

Authorities received a total of 1,056 nominations, competing for more than 980 seats, as the remainder are ex officio members.

Authorities received a total of 1,056 nominations, competing for more than 980 seats, as the remainder are ex officio members.

8 Sep 2021 - 2:06PM
Hong Kong’s Professional Teachers’ Union saw no choice but to ‘disband after Beijing emissaries warned it could no longer exist’

Insiders say figures with close links to mainland Chinese officials told union leadership in no uncertain terms that efforts at conciliation were ‘useless’.

Insiders say figures with close links to mainland Chinese officials told union leadership in no uncertain terms that efforts at conciliation were ‘useless’.

14 Aug 2021 - 1:59PM
Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union will be ‘on losing end of property deals’ if it rushes to sell off assets

Professional Teachers’ Union announced this week its plan to fold following a wave of criticism from state media over its political activism.

Professional Teachers’ Union announced this week its plan to fold following a wave of criticism from state media over its political activism.

12 Aug 2021 - 11:23PM
Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union ‘seeks to speed up dissolution by changing its rules’ as Beijing attack continues

Beijing continues attack on PTU through state media, accusing it of avoiding accountability and demanding further action by law enforcement.

Beijing continues attack on PTU through state media, accusing it of avoiding accountability and demanding further action by law enforcement.

11 Aug 2021 - 11:19PM
Hong Kong protest group to disband, as pressure mounts amid police investigation into its activities

Civil Human Rights Front, which was founded in 2002, expected to announce its decision to fold on Friday.

Civil Human Rights Front, which was founded in 2002, expected to announce its decision to fold on Friday.

11 Aug 2021 - 11:20PM
Hong Kong legislature should apply anti-sanctions law in city, depriving ‘foreign forces’ of talking point, Carrie Lam says

Direct implementation would open the door to foreign governments and media outlets ‘hyping up the issue’ to weaken city’s status as a financial centre, according to chief executive.

Direct implementation would open the door to foreign governments and media outlets ‘hyping up the issue’ to weaken city’s status as a financial centre, according to chief executive.

10 Aug 2021 - 11:22PM
Hong Kong making sports development push after landmark Olympics: city leader Carrie Lam

Chief executive unveils raft of measures on Tuesday, including expediting construction of new 9,000 square metre facility at Hong Kong Sports Institute and new HK$300 million fund aimed at boosting sports science and medicine.

Chief executive unveils raft of measures on Tuesday, including expediting construction of new 9,000 square metre facility at Hong Kong Sports Institute and new HK$300 million fund aimed at boosting sports science and medicine.

11 Aug 2021 - 3:50AM
Establishment-leaning Hong Kong education group registers for Election Committee polls, vows to break opposition ‘monopoly’

Establishment-leaning Education Professional Alliance says it will represent different voices in its subsector, but insists opposition supporters welcome to join.

Establishment-leaning Education Professional Alliance says it will represent different voices in its subsector, but insists opposition supporters welcome to join.

8 Sep 2021 - 2:06PM