New Territories East by-election, 2016

New Territories East by-election, 2016
Hong Kong

The 2016 New Territories East by-election will be held on 28 February 2016 after the incumbent Legislative Councillor Ronny Tong Ka-wah of New Territories East resigned from the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (LegCo) which was effective on 1 October 2015.

The winning candidate in the by-election would serve for a term of only around five months, as this term of legislature will end in July 2016.[1]


On 22 June 2015, few days after the legislative vote on the 2015 Hong Kong electoral reform over the electoral method of the 2017 Chief Executive election, moderate democrat Ronny Tong Ka-wah, who had campaigned for his mid-way reform proposal, announced that he would quit the Civic party that he co-founded and would also resign from the Legislative Council as he said it was inappropriate for him to retain his seat in the legislature because he stood for election as a Civic Party member which was effective on 1 October 2015.[2]


Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu of the Civic Party, the number two candidate after Ronny Tong in the Civic Party’s list running in New Territories East constituency in the last LegCo election in 2012, was named by Tong as his successor.[1] Other pan-democratic parties also made way for the Civic Party in order to have only one candidate to represent the pan-democracy camp. Youngspiration, a localist group intended to fill in candidate and invited the Civic Party to hold a primary, modeling from the pan-democratic primary for the 2007 Hong Kong Island by-election,[3] but later dropped out due to the lack of time for a primary. Yeung submitted his nomination form on 5 January 2016, the first day for the nominations.

Holden Chow Ho-ding, vice chairman of the largest Beijing-loyalist party Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) who submitted his nomination form on 5 January 2016, represents the pro-Beijing camp in the by-election. Ho was endorsed by major pro-Beijing parties, New People’s Party, Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong and Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.[4]

Christine Fong Kwok-shan, independent Sai Kung District Councillor who aimed to provide a choice between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camp, submitted her nomination form on 7 January 2016.[5]

Wong Sing-chi, former member of the Democratic Party, has announced his candidacy for the newly-formed moderate party, Third Side, aiming to offer an alternative to the now-polarised pan-democratic and pro-Beijing camps.[6] He submitted his nomination form on 11 January 2016.[7]

Lau Chi-shing, a nonpartisan candidate submitted his nomination form on 13 January 2016.[7]

Edward Leung Tin-kei, a member of localist Hong Kong Indigenous, submitted his nomination form on 15 January 2016.[7]

Albert Leung Sze-ho, an independent candidate submitted his nomination form on 16 January 2016,[7] vowed to modify the rules of procedure in order to block pan-democrats’ filibustering.


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New Territories East by-election, 2016

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