Pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu has expressed his strong intention to join the Legislative Council by-elections, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He made his remarks on Thursday right after he was released from Sai Kung’s Pik Uk Prison, where he served a five-week jail sentence for assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.
Welcomed by dozens of supporters and several lawmakers outside the prison, Tsang said he will actively consider joining the coming by-elections and will be open to discussions with the pan-democratic camp.
Under Section 39 of the Legco Ordinance, any person convicted of an offence with a jail sentence of more than three months is disqualified from being nominated as an election candidate. Tsang, having been given a shorter sentence, is not covered by that provision.
Before serving his prison term, Tsang had said he was not interested in a Legco seat. Asked on Thursday why he changed his mind, he said he will do anything possible to keep the spirit of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement alive and help bring cohesion to society.
Tsang said he also wants to prevent the pro-establishment camp from having more seats in the Legco.
By-elections will be held for two vacant Legco seats, one in New Territories East constituency and the other in Kowloon West.
Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, who won those seats in the last election, were disqualified in December after they were found to have insulted China and improperly read their oaths at their Oct. 12 swearing-in.
Tsang said he has not decided which of the two constituencies he will join, adding that he has no plans to join any political party.
Yuen Hoi-man, a Sham Shui District Council member who aims to secure candidacy in the Kowloon West by-election, said he welcomes Tsang as a rival for the position, adding that nothing is more important than helping the pan-democratic camp gain more seats.
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