Legislative Council oath-taking saga

In October 2016, controversy arose in Hong Kong's Legislative Council as localist lawmakers-elect Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching and others were accused of failing to properly take their oaths of office.

While the disqualification of Lau Siu-lai’s candidacy for the Legislative Council by-election is not unexpected, it may well be challenged in Hong Kong’s courts again. Photo: Roy Issa

Disqualification of candidates must be able to stand legal test

The disqualification of Lau Siu-lai’s candidacy in the Legislative Council by-election has raised questions about whether a person is to be barred from standing for elected office for life because of unacceptable political beliefs he or she once held.