The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam
The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam
Erik Shum
Opinion

Opinion

Erik Shum and Wing Kay Po

Legco elections: why the government has failed to make a case for the extraordinary one-year delay

  • Postponing the election is based on a false contention that there is no other lawful way to cope with the threat to public health and the risk of increased Covid-19 infections
  • The government has not explained why a shorter postponement is insufficient or why it cannot use existing legislative provisions to deal with the dilemma

The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam
The main chamber in the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar sits empty on July 28. The Hong Kong government has attempted to justify postponing this year’s elections on public health grounds. Photo: Nora Tam
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Erik Shum

Erik Shum

Erik Shum is vice-chair of the Hong Kong Bar Association’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights.

Wing Kay Po

Wing Kay Po

Wing Kay Po is a practising barrister in Hong Kong. She is a member of the Bar Council and chairman of the Bar's Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights.