The pan-democrats are hoping to dethrone the pro-establishment camp from its dominance over the 18 district councils across Hong Kong in the election in November, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
The Democratic Party announced Tuesday it has 95 candidates standing for election; the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood (ADPL), 25; and the Labour Party, 12.
Of the ADPL’s 25 candidates, seven are running for the first time in district council elections, while 13 are incumbent district councillors.
ADPL vice-chairman Tam Kwok-kiu said one-fifth of its candidates are 30 years old or younger.
The Labour Party said many district councils are misusing the funds allocated to them, spending the money on tea gatherings, leisure trips and carnivals.
It cited the Yau-Tsim-Mong district council for example, saying it spent 49.2 percent of the allocated funds for such purposes.
Labour Party secretary Steven Kwok Wing-kin said most of the district councils controlled by the pro-establishment camp are not fulfilling their duties and serving local residents’ needs.
Kwok said one district council spent the HK$250,000 that had been allocated for the promotion of the Basic Law on a fish maw tasting event and coloring contest.
He said district councilors have turned into “welfare officers” in many districts.
Democratic Party vice-chairman Wan Siu-kin said many district councils’ resources have now been “privatized” by the pro-establishment camp.
He said the district councils have been carrying out their duties in an entertainment-driven way, such as running a carnival.
Wan insisted that in addition to organizing leisure events, district councils should use their resources to improve living standards and facilities within the districts.
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