Chief executive hopeful Woo Kwok-hing may file a complaint with the Electoral Affairs Commission over remarks made by former chief secretary Carrie Lam, an election rival, RTHK reports.
Lam had been quoted as saying at a closed-door meeting that she decided to join the race to prevent a “worst-case scenario” where the central government refuses to appoint an election winner who is not acceptable to it, which in turn could trigger a constitutional crisis.
She later denied that her remarks were aimed at her rivals, saying she had simply made a factual comment because the Basic Law does stipulate that Beijing has the final say on whether to appoint the candidate selected by the 1,200-strong Election Committee.
But Woo, a retired judge and a former chairman of the commission, said Lam’s remarks could have breached the relevant election ordinance and he may file a complaint with the commission if there was sufficient evidence.
Woo also called on those who were present at the meeting to make public what Lam had said.
“It’s difficult for the time being to decide what was the truth. If the 20-odd media tycoons who had been in the meeting with her were to divulge what they’ve heard, then the case may be different. We may have sufficient evidence to see one way or the other clearly,” he said.
“And that would be the basis for deciding whether a complaint should be laid and whether she should be prosecuted, whether she has committed a crime,” Woo said.
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