China bars 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming polls

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August 1, 2020

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China bars 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming polls

Hong Kong youth leader Joshua Wong (middle) (File photo)

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KATHMANDU:  The Chinese territory has disqualified as many as 12 pro-democracy candidates including prominent youth leader Joshua Wong from taking part in upcoming elections to be held in November.

According to Wong, who emerged prominent as a teenage activist during the 2014 Umbrella protests, his candidature was canceled as he described the new national security law as draconian.

Posting a twitter message, Joshua said, “I was disqualified from LegCo election in Hong Kong. The excuse they use is that I describe #nationalsecuritylaw as a draconian law, which shows that I do not support this sweeping law,”

The China government has said a candidate will not be allowed to contest the elections if he or she indulges in promoting or advocating Hong Kong’s independence; wanted foreign powers or government to intervene in the region’s politics; protested against Beijing.

The Hong Kong LegCo or Legislative Council is made up of 70 seats of which the public directly votes for 35 seats.

According to a BBC report, another 30 seats represent functional constituencies – these are voted for by smaller groups representing special interests, primarily businesses, banking and trade. Historically these sectors have been largely pro-Beijing.

The remaining five seats are made up of district councilors who are elected by the public to sit on LegCo.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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