Disqualified lawmaker Lau Siu-lai to contest November by-election

Disqualified lawmaker Lau Siu-lai to contest November by-election

Ousted lawmaker and Polytechnic University lecturer has set out to salvage her seat in the Legislative Council

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Lau Siu-lai (centre) submitted her nomination papers on Tuesday.
Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai has set out to salvage her seat in the Legislative Council. Lau announced that she would contest the November poll for the Kowloon West constituency.

Nominations for the by-election began on Tuesday and will last until October 15. Lau, who was disqualified from Legco over improper oath-taking in July, was among the first to declare their candidacy.

She submitted her nomination papers to the Election Affairs Commission on Tuesday, supported by pro-democracy lawmakers Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu and Claudia Mo Man-ching.

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Lau was elected to Legco in 2016 with more than 38,000 votes in the Kowloon West constituency. The Polytechnic University lecturer pointed out that the demands of Hong Kong people were very basic, and she promised to make their voices heard by the government if she were re-elected to the legislature.

Asked whether she is worried about being disqualified from the by-election, Lau told Young Post through her assistant: “The red line for disqualification is moved by the government as it pleases to benefit the pro-establishment camp. We can only join forces to fight this battle.”

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A potential competitor to Lau is former television news anchor Chan Hoi-yan, who joined the government in 2012 and worked as a political assistant for the Food and Health Bureau until 2017. Chan announced that she would run as an independent, but she has been endorsed by her former supervisor, ex-health minister Ko Wing-man.

Meanwhile, veteran lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee said he would be one of three candidates in the November 25 poll. He was not pleased with the pro-democracy camp’s contingency plan to let Lee Cheuk-yan take Lau’s place if her candidacy is rejected.

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