Ousted legislators Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching said they would not take part in the by-election after their appeal against their disqualification was rejected by the Court of Final of Appeal last week.
However, the duo said they would support any candidates from their Youngspiration party.
Leung admitted that his disqualification was to a certain extent a result of his decision-making. He said he made many mistakes including overestimating the protections of the rule of law.
“I would not have gone down this route had I known the result. I misjudged the situation,” Leung said.
“The judges had accepted the fact that the interpretation [of the Basic Law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress] was done, and they accepted the results completely.”
He added that by joining the by-elections, it would be agreeing with the disqualification in the first place, Apple Daily reports.
Yau said losing the Legco seat does not mean she cannot be an active politician.
“I would really lose it when I forget even my own principles,” Yau said. “If I gave in just like that, I would truly be sorry to the people who voted for me.”
After the judgment, Yau took to Facebook to express her regrets over her “rashness and arrogance”. She said she is sorry for the workers who campaigned for her.
The pair now face a claim from Legco for wages and expenses totaling HK$1.86 million but said there is no legal basis for the Legislative Council Office to chase them.
Leung said he anticipated Legco’s attempts to recover the money but said there is no need for a judicial review.
Also, he said he will not raise funds to cover his legal bills.
When asked about their future, both Yau and Leung said they are working but Leung added he has yet to think of a long-term plan.
Yau said her plans could change depending on the circumstances such as attending Legco meetings and other consultations to voice out her opinions.
Leung said Youngspiration has decided to move on from outside the establishment and hopes to support political prisoners.
The Electoral Affairs Commission released a statement Monday saying the by-election would take place “as soon as possible”.
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