Date
28 March 2017
Emily Lau (left photo) says the Democratic Party disciplinary committee found Nelson Wong (right) harmed the party's reputation by openly calling for passage of the election reform bill that was ultimately vetoed by Legco. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK
Emily Lau (left photo) says the Democratic Party disciplinary committee found Nelson Wong (right) harmed the party's reputation by openly calling for passage of the election reform bill that was ultimately vetoed by Legco. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

Democratic Party ousts Wong for backing failed election bill

A co-founder of the Democratic Party has been expelled for supporting an election reform bill that was voted down in the Legislative Council in June.

Former lawmaker Nelson Wong was ousted Thursday by a disciplinary committee by a vote of 17-7, according to Apple Daily.

Wong criticized the decision and accused two members of leaking confidential information to the media.

One of them is believed to be Democratic Party president Emily Lau, the report said.

Wong had been suspended from the party for lobbying pan-democrats to support the bill.

He defended his actions, saying these were only a matter of strategy.

Earlier, Wong played down his possible expulsion in an interview.

Wong said his suspension was enough punishment and the party should focus on the upcoming district elections, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Lau, speaking after the vote, said the disciplinary committee found that Wong’s actions harmed the party’s reputation.

However, she said Wong can call a party meeting and try to get his expulsion overturned if he can collect signatures from 30 members.

Wong called the idea “useless”.

He said he has yet to decide whether to join another political party or run in next year’s Legco by-election in New Territories East.

Lau said Wong’s removal does not mean the party does not tolerate moderates, adding it allows different views to be heard.

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