Date
27 May 2017
The geographical constituencies for next year's Legco election may be adjusted to better reflect the population distribution. Photo: HKEJ
The geographical constituencies for next year's Legco election may be adjusted to better reflect the population distribution. Photo: HKEJ

Electoral Affairs Commission proposes seat changes in Legco

Hong Kong Island will lose one seat in the Legislative Council, and Kowloon West will gain one, under a proposed revamping of electoral boundaries, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

The Electoral Affairs Commission has released for public consultation its provisional recommendations on the boundaries and names of geographical constituencies for the 2016 Legco election.

Commission chairman Justice Barnabas Fung Wah said the proposals are not driven by political considerations.

Fung said at a press conference Thursday that any suggestion to redelineate electoral boundaries would inevitably risk upsetting the long-established identity and community ties within the constituencies affected and cause confusion to electors.

The commission has therefore carefully weighed the pros and cons in an effort to achieve a more even distribution of population across the geographical constituencies, he said.

It proposes to allocate six seats each for Hong Kong Island and Kowloon West — meaning one seat will be moved from the former to the latter — five seats for Kowloon East and nine seats each for New Territories West and New Territories East.

As the Legislative Council Ordinance stays unrevised, the number of geographical constituencies for the 2016 Legco general election will remain at five, Fung said.

Democratic Party legislator Sin Chung-kai estimated that the additional seat in Kowloon West could be taken by a candidate from the pro-establishment camp.

But Chiang Lai-wan, a legislator from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the seat is likely to be won by the pro-democracy camp.

Fung said the commission is still gathering views from the public, and written representations are welcome by June 19.

The commission will hold a public forum on the proposals on June 11 at Lai Chi Kok Community Hall.

Fung reminded electors who had received letters from the Registration and Electoral Office requesting them to confirm or update their registered addresses to reply by the statutory deadline of July 2, otherwise they will not be able to vote in the district council elections in November.

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