Pan-democrats will announce details of arrangements for primaries early next week after the Electoral Affairs Commission set the Legco by-elections for March 11.
Power for Democracy, which is responsible for coordinating the primaries for the pan-democratic camp, said on Sunday that it will announce how the primaries will be conducted and who will be running for nominations as early as Tuesday.
The nomination period will run from Jan. 16 to 29, the EAC said on Friday.
The by-elections will be held for three geographical constituencies－Hong Kong Island, Kowloon West and New Territories East－and for the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape functional constituency.
Dr. Andrew Chiu Ka-yin, convenor of Power for Democracy who is also a Democratic Party member of the Eastern District Council, said preparations for the primaries and related work are in their final stage, and they should be announced by early next week.
According to Apple Daily, four people may compete to represent the pan-democratic camp in the Kowloon West constituency, including Dr. Edward Yiu Chung-yim, one of the disqualified lawmakers who had represented the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape functional constituency.
The other three are reported to be Ramon Yuen Hoi-man from the Democratic Party, a Sham Shui Po District Council member; Tsang Kin-chiu, an activist who became well known after he accused seven cops of beating him up during 2014 Occupy movement; and former lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee from the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood.
However, Tsang said he has not decided yet but will announce his decision as soon as possible.
As for the New Territories East constituency, it is understood that there are at least three contenders — former lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai, Labour Party chairman Steven Kwok Wing-kin and Tommy Cheung Sau-yin, former member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students standing committee.
Kwok said the reason he decided to step forward is that Hong Kong has entered an authoritarian era, which worries him.
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