Joshua Wong said he did not support Hong Kong independence and only supported a non-binding “self-determination” referendum on the city’s future within the current constitutional framework. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Decision to ban Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from district council elections may face challenge in court

  • Legal scholars say the power to disqualify candidates was ‘broad’ and appeared ‘unchecked’
  • Eric Cheung, law lecturer at HKU, says different outcomes in Eddie Chu and Joshua Wong’s cases show arbitrary power was vested in returning officers
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Joshua Wong said he did not support Hong Kong independence and only supported a non-binding “self-determination” referendum on the city’s future within the current constitutional framework. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on September 28 announces his plan to stand in the 2019 District Council elections. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Democracy activist Joshua Wong slams ‘politically driven decision’ to bar him from running in Hong Kong district council election

  • Former student leader of the 2014 Occupy movement ‘cannot possibly’ comply with election laws, says government, citing his former advocacy of self-determination
  • Wong, who had made clear he did not support the option of independence, is the only candidate disqualified from November 24 polls
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on September 28 announces his plan to stand in the 2019 District Council elections. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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