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Legislative Council elections 2016

Civic Party plans to field at least 10 candidates in Hong Kong Legislative Council elections in September

A decision has yet to be made on whether Ken Tsang should be put forward in the social welfare functional constituency race

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 July, 2016, 8:32pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 July, 2016, 11:00pm

The Civic Party plans to field at least 10 candidates in the five geographical constituencies and the legal functional constituency in the coming Legislative Council elections, according to party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.

But it has held back on whether to support member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, who wants to contest the social welfare functional constituency seat, pending more “assessment of the ever-changing situation”. It has also not yet made up its mind on whether to send a candidate to run for one of five “super seats”, which are returned by voters on a territory-wide basis.

Three pan-democrat candidates may seek Hong Kong social welfare Legislative Council seat

The party passed the recommended lists at an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday.

Five of the six incumbent party legislators will run. Claudia Mo Man-ching and Joshua Li Chun-hei will run in Kowloon West constituency; Dr Kwok Ka-ki will lead Henry Sin Ho-fai in New Territories West, while Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu will run in New Territories East.

Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit will run in Kowloon East, with Jeremy Tam Man-ho leading the list.

Party vice-chairwoman Tanya Chan, who was a legislator between 2008 and 2012, will seek a return to Hong Kong Island with Cheng Tat-hung. incumbent Kenneth Chan Ka-lok will not seek another term.

Dennis Kwok Wing-hang will seek another term in the legal functional constituency.

Ken Tsang said on Sunday that he was still aiming to run in the social welfare functional constituency and believed he stood a good chance of winning.

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“My understanding is that a decision could not be made at the extraordinary general meeting because a plan to coordinate with fellow non-pro-establishment hopefuls intending to run in the functional constituency has fallen flat,” said Tsang.

Reclaiming Social Work Movement’s Shiu Ka-chun and the Hong Kong Social Workers General Union’s Yip Kin-chung have both expressed an interest in the race.

Some pan-democrats wanted to hold a primary election to determine which candidate would run, but a deal could not be struck.

Eu said the party’s executive committee was expected to make a final decision later whether to send a candidate to run in the functional constituency. “The situation is ever changing. We shall assess the latest situation and make a decision as necessary,” she said.

The party is expected to announce its final candidate lists on July 17.

Meanwhile, media tycoon Ricky Wong Wai-kay, who has been considering running in the Hong Kong Island constituency in the September elections, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.