Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has not ruled out the disqualification of any of the candidates or winners in the coming Legislative Council by-elections, saying everyone must follow the law, hk01.com reports.
During a forum organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Lam was asked how she aims to “walk forward together with the next generation” if she has been “putting them in jail”.
The question was raised by a youth leader surnamed Tam, referring to the recent jailing of democracy activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Alex Chow Yong-kang and Nathan Law Kwun-chung.
Tam also asked the chief executive if she could promise that the government would no longer disqualify any of the future candidates.
Lam said she could not make such a promise as the elections would be held by the Mr. Justice Barnabas Fung Wah as the chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission.
She has no say on the election, otherwise it would be illegal, Lam added.
Lam also took exceptions to the notion that the government is putting young people into jail, saying it completely ignores the independent nature of Hong Kong’s judicial system.
She said she would like to reach out to the next generation, but she also has to consider other things, such as following the law, being just, and fulfilling the expectations of the public.
Lam compared her stance against the illegal activities of young people to parents forbidding their children from taking drugs.
During the forum, which was broadcast live on the internet, the chief executive explained other aspects of her recent policy address as she interacted with more than 250 youth representatives.
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