New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said she has decided not to run in the Nov. 26 District Council by-election for a seat in the Peak constituency because she does not have enough time to prepare, Apple Daily reports.
The seat was left vacant after Joseph Chan Ho-lim was appointed undersecretary for financial services and the treasury in August.
Ip said leaders of her party believe there is not enough time to campaign, given her busy schedule as member of both the Legislative Council and the Executive Council.
When questioned if Beijing’s Liaison Office had told her not to run, Ip dodged the question and answered that her daughter had convinced her not to join the race.
Liberal Party’s Jeremy Young Chit-on will run for the seat against Edward Chin Chi-kin, founder of pro-democracy concern group 2047 HK Monitor.
Ip said Liberal Party legislator Tommy Cheung Yu-yan also told her not to run and help Young win he race instead.
As to whether she would support Young, Ip said she would need to “consider”.
Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a government and public administration senior lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the by-election for the Peak constituency is more about knowing the right people rather than election campaigns.
Most voters in the area are less liberal, and it is predicted that Young would win the election, he said.
As to the Tung Wah by-elections, Choy said the chances are “fifty-fifty” for Democratic Party’s Bonnie Ng Hoi-yan and San Wui Commercial Society School principal Lui Kam-keung.
The seat was left vacant after Siu Ka-yi, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was appointed political assistant to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.
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