Hong Kong Says Legislative Candidates Must Endorse Chinese Rule

The Hong Kong government said on Thursday that candidates for the legislature must acknowledge the semiautonomous city as an “inalienable part” of China and faced possible criminal penalties if they did not uphold the pledge. Some scholars and lawmakers said the announcement, made days before nominations open for a legislative election in September, could harm political freedoms guaranteed under Hong Kong law.

Legco aspirants warned: criminal sanctions possible if you fail to sign new declaration accepting Hong Kong is part of China

Radical pan-democratic legislators seeking re-election have vowed to defy a change to election rules for the Legislative Council polls in September despite the risk of being disqualified. The controversial change ­targeting independence ­advocates requires candidates to sign a declaration acknowledging China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong and allowing electoral ­officials to follow up on their compliance, but pan-democrats are up in arms against it.



法政匯思就選舉管理委員會於2016年7月14日發出的聲明 (Statement on the Press Statement by the Electoral Affairs Commission on 14 July 2016)