Date
26 September 2017
The newly formed group (inset) will focus their campaign on first-time voters, who make up a good proportion of the hundreds of thousands who joined the Occupy campaign. Photos: Bloomberg, Apple Daily
The newly formed group (inset) will focus their campaign on first-time voters, who make up a good proportion of the hundreds of thousands who joined the Occupy campaign. Photos: Bloomberg, Apple Daily

Pro-democracy group to field bets in District Council polls

For some of the young people who joined the Umbrella Movement last year, the best way to fight for the future of the city is to shift the battlefield from the streets to the ballot box.

About a hundred like-minded activists have decided to form a group to field their own candidates in the District Council elections scheduled in November, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Most of the group’s core members are professionals, including doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants and engineers, aged between 26 and 30.

While the name of the group as well as its election platform are still being discussed, the core members agreed that they have to focus their campaign on first-time voters, who make up a good proportion of the hundreds of thousands of activists who joined the Occupy campaign. Also, they will exert their effort on those who have registered as voters but have never cast their ballots.

So far the group is certain that at least nine of their members will run, although their ultimate target is to field candidates in 15 to 20 districts. A big factor will be their negotiations with the pan-democratic camp to avoid a situation where they will be running against each other.

Domestic issues will be the main theme of the group’s campaign platform. They also agreed to cap individual donations at HK$50,000 (US$6,450.47) to avoid being manipulated.

The group’s candidates will mostly likely challenge pro-establishment district councilors seeking re-election, such as Ip Kwok-him, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the report said.

Ip said he welcomes the challenge, adding that he is confident of having the last laugh.

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