- Those who were disqualified included local activists, Hong Kong’s "Occupy Central" student movement leader, and members of the Civic Party.
- The Returning Officer emphasized that their decision is intended to enable the election to be conducted in an open, fair, and honest manner.
- Earlier, the Returning Officer sent letters to a number of democrats, asking them to clarify some of their past remarks.
The Hong Kong government confirmed on Thursday that twelve Democrats were notified by the Returning Officer that they were disqualified from running for the Hong Kong Legislative Council election in September. Potential candidates are questioned by the authorities before they are approved.
These candidates are questioned whether they support Hong Kong’s Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, and whether they support Hong Kong’s National Security Law.
Those who were disqualified included local activists Huang Zhifeng, Yuan Jiawei, Liu Yingju, Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” student movement leader, current district councilor Shun Aohui, former “Stance News” reporter He Guilan and others. In addition, members of the Civic Party were also disqualified, including current Legislative Council members Yang Yueqiao and Guo Jiaqi.
The Hong Kong Government stated that twelve nominees were disqualified because they did not meet the requirements of the Legislative Council Ordinance. Whether the nominations of other candidates are valid will be reviewed by the Returning Officer in accordance with the law. It does not rule out that more people will be invalidated by the Returning Officer.
The Returning Officer emphasized that their decision is intended to enable the election to be conducted in an open, fair, and honest manner, in compliance with the Basic Law and other applicable laws, and has nothing to do with political censorship, restrictions on freedom of speech, or deprivation of the right to stand for elections alleged by some members of the public.
The Hong Kong government stated that “supporting the Basic Law is the basic constitutional responsibility of legislators.
“Supporting Hong Kong’s independence, using democratic self-determination or supporting Hong Kong’s independence as a future option to deal with Hong Kong’s system; seeking foreign government or political organizations to interfere with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region affairs; in principle, it opposes the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s enactment of the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Maintenance of National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China” and its inclusion in Annex III of the Basic Law and promulgated and implemented in Hong Kong.
After occupying a majority, exercise the power of members of the Legislative Council to veto indiscriminately any legislative proposals, appointments, funding applications and budgets proposed by the government to force the government to accept certain political requirements; and refuse to recognize the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China over the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
As well as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a local administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, it is impossible for people who have acted as a member of the constitutional status of the People’s Republic of China to sincerely support the Basic Law and therefore cannot perform the duties of a member of the Legislative Council.”
Earlier, the Returning Officer sent letters to a number of democrats, asking them to clarify some of their past remarks and asking them to sign a letter of undertaking to uphold the Basic Law. Some people refused to sign the letter of undertaking.
Huang Zhifeng said that this is the biggest suppression that Hong Kong has ever encountered in elections, including young progressives as well as traditional moderate parties. He said that more than 600,000 people participated in the primary elections of the Democrats, but Beijing still ignored the opinions of these people.
He emphasized that they will continue to fight and decide with the team of lawyers to follow up. He revealed that one of the reasons for the Returning Officer’s disqualification from the election was that he once described Hong Kong’s National Security Law as a “draconian law.”