Date
11 December 2016
Progressive Engineering says its members have a strong relationship with their constituency, contrary to the EAC's assertion. Photo: HKEJ
Progressive Engineering says its members have a strong relationship with their constituency, contrary to the EAC's assertion. Photo: HKEJ

Pan-democrat group says members unfairly disqualified from EC

Pan-democratic party Progressive Engineering said six of its 26 candidates for the election committee for the 2017 chief executive election were unfairly disqualified by the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC).

The EAC cited lack of “close relations with the engineering community” as reason for the disqualification, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The group accused the EAC of having a hidden agenda.

The election committee will consist of 1,200 members who will choose Hong Kong’s next chief executive in March.

The group, which campaigned on a platform to block Chief Executive CY Leung from seeking a second term, said it will file a complaint and appeal the decision.

There are two ways one can become a functional constituency (FC) elector.

One is to be a registered voter in the functional constituency; the other is to prove to an electoral registration officer that one is closely affiliated with the relevant constituency.

The six who have been disqualified are not registered engineers but they have been working in the engineering sector for many years, Progressive Engineering said.

One is a construction site safety officer, two are owners of engineering firms and the three others are frontline workers, including Chan Chi-keung who has a contractor’s license in electrical engineering, and Wong Wai-man who has been working for 40 years in concrete reinforcement and fixing.

Progressive Engineering spokesperson Lee Chi-ming said that without the frontline workers, the engineering community is not whole.

It was unfair to dismiss them as unqualified simply because they have no license, Lee said.

He said electoral registration officers should be fair and neutral in their judgment.

If frontline workers are considered “not closely related to their FC” then the officer has made a bad call, he said.

Legislator Charles Mok said the law gives the electoral registration officer the power to judge the candidates but doubts that they have anything against the pan-democrats.

He said the engineering FC has been predominantly pro-government.

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