Twenty-six members of the current Legislative Council are also serving as District Council members.
They include Leung Che-cheung of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, and Shiu Ka-fai of the Liberal Party.
Word has got out that the dual office holders are all planning to step down as DC members after they have served out their current term in order to allow their younger partymates to run for their seats in the DC elections scheduled for November this year.
It is said that Ben Chan Han-pan of the DAB intends to quit as a member of the Tsuen Wan District Council.
Chan said he is training a couple of rookies in his own Yeung Uk Road constituency as well as the newly established Tsuen Wan South constituency nearby.
However, no final decision has been made, and his two apprentices must pay their dues and prove that they are cut out for the job before they can secure their candidacies.
Meanwhile, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, chair of the New People’s Party and a member of the Executive Council, has expressed her intention to run for the seat representing the Sam Shing constituency of the Tuen Mun District Council.
That seat is currently held by her party colleague So Shiu-shing, who has already served for 10 terms.
Responding to reporters’ queries, Ip said she had actually considered many constituencies, and some incumbent DC members with no political affiliation have approached her.
Ip said she hasn’t made up her mind on where to run, but stressed that she has no intention of running in a constituency for which other parties have already staked their claim.
In past DC elections, there were occasions when dual office holders were defeated, not least because they were associated with certain political issues or they were too busy to take care of DC affairs.
But some pan-democrats believe this scenario is highly unlikely to happen in the case of Michael Tien Puk-sun of the Roundtable group.
That’s because, even at the age of 68, Tien remains in very good shape and is virtually unstoppable.
So far no one has declared an intention to run against him in his Discovery Park constituency of the Tsuen Wan District Council, according to sources in the district. And some pan-dems have predicted that it would be a “slam dunk” for Tien to get re-elected in November.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 26
Translation by Alan Lee with additional reporting
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