Date
24 September 2017
Lowering the age limit for district council candidates will encourage young people to participate in politics, according to a legislator. Photo: AFP
Lowering the age limit for district council candidates will encourage young people to participate in politics, according to a legislator. Photo: AFP

Lawmaker urges cut in age limit for district council candidates

A lawmaker is urging the government to lower the age threshold to 18 for candidates in this year’s district elections.

Such a move will encourage young people to participate in politics, Civic Party legislator Chan Ka-lok told am730.

The present minimum age requirement is 21.

Chan said the recent pro-democracy protests have shown a new generation has emerged, with its own views and understanding of the political process.

He cited the example of Britain, where the age limit for district council candidates has been lowered to 18, and said he will propose a rule change to the government or table a private bill in the Legislative Council.

It’s important to “strike while the iron is hot”, Chan said, referring to the civic momentum from the protest movement which could be expanded to the wider community.

If that is achieved, young politicians can give their elders a run for their money, he said.

The pan-democratic camp is planning to field candidates in 100 of more than 400 constituencies in November. 

Chan said it would be good to see young people from the pro-democracy movement stand as candidates in every district.

Meanwhile, Sha Tin district councilor Mak Yun-pui is wading into Golden Forum, Hong Kong’s most popular internet forum, to help young people achieve their political ambitions, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

Mak said he has taken 10 potential candidates to eight constituencies to see for themselves what it takes to improve their chances. 

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