政府又計劃DQ？黃之鋒等候選人被質疑「自決」 Government plans DQ? Joshua Wong & Others Questioned on “Self-determination”
2016年多名民主派立法會議員，遭政府取消資格（DQ），今年恐將於區議會選舉中重演。參選海怡西選區的黃之鋒等區議會候選人收到選舉主任質疑「港獨」是「民主自決」的選項等問題，疑為DQ候選人鋪路。… Continue reading
In 2016, a number of elected democratic legislators were disqualified (DQ=Disqualification) by the Hong Kong Government. Looks like it will be repeated this year in the Hong Kong District Council election. On 14 Oct, Joshua Wong, who is running at South Horizons West district, and at least 4 other candidates received a letter from the Returning Officer (RO) questioning that “Hong Kong independence” is an option for “democratic self-determination” plus “free Hong Kong, the revolution of the times” and other issues. The candidates’ reply will determine the eligibility of their candidacy. Apparently, the government is paving the way to DQ the candidates in a similar fashion.
The district council election will be held on the 24 November, the nomination period will end on this Thursday. The pro-establishment faction and the government, knowing that the election results is likely unfavorable to them, is already making excuses that the election could be postponed. In fact, the democratic candidates must first pass the first hurdle to be confirmed as eligible for the election. Most of the democratic candidates have not yet received a confirmation from the RO. Only 22 of the 99 Democratic Party candidates have been confirmed. The Party will issue a lawyer’s letter to the district ROs today on this issue.
Joshua Wong, who is contesting in South Horizons West in the Southern District, issued a message on the social network 13 October, saying that he had received a letter from the district’s RO, Dorothy Ma, asking him to clarify his statement in support for the Basic Law at or before 4:00 pm on 15 October. The RO enquired about the relationship between Wong and the Demosisto Party, which platform includes “Democratic Self-Determination”. Wong was asked to explain whether he supports self-determination for HongKongers and whether self-determination includes the option of Hong Kong independence. And if he supports the idea, how can he not violate his “Basic Law” support statement. Before, the Hong Kong Government used the same arguement to disqualify Agnes Chou Ting from running in the Legislative Council by-election. Joshua Wong said that he would reply openly this afternoon and reiterated: “I have the right to stand for election and the government has no right to pre-screen.”
The government has said that the district council election will postponed or even canceled if there were chaos. Choi Chi-keung, Cheung Tat-ming, Cheung Chor-yung, Lee Wing-yi, Chung Kin-wah and other scholars held a press conference yesterday to urge the government not to postpone or cancel the district election, and not to disqualify the candidates again to ensure a fair and just election.