The secretariat of the Occupy Central Movement, a pro-democracy group pressing for universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election, has yet to obtain government approval for its application to be registered as a limited liability company, the Headline Daily reported Monday.
In a letter sent to the group a few days ago, the Company Registry said approval is unlikely as the movement is regarded as illegal and the limited company, to be called OCLP Limited, is intended for raising funds, said Dr. Chan Kin-man, organizer of the movement.
Chan said the registry has been sitting on their application for nearly a year, and the rejection is apparently a political decision. The movement will consider filing a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman or conduct a judicial review.
Legislator Ronny Tong, who is also a senior counsel, said the registry has no grounds to reject the application as it has no evidence of any illegal action by the Occupy Central Movement. Tong also said he has never heard of a company registration application requiring as long as a year to process.
Horace Cheung from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, who is also a lawyer, said applicants are required to submit the Articles of Association, and the evaluation process will take longer if the registry has doubts on the purpose of the company and the applicant fails to provide satisfactory explanations, the report said.
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