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Approval of LegCo by-election participation to increase Hong Kong pro-democracy camp’s likelihood to regain veto power

02 February 2018


On 31 January 2018, Au Nok-hin, a pro-democracy politician and a former member of the Democratic Party (Hong Kong’s biggest party in the pro-democracy camp), was given approval by electoral officials to participate as a candidate in the Legislative Council (LegCo)’s by-election in March 2018.

This comes amid Hong Kong’s election authority’s barring of two candidate lawmakers from the pro-democracy camp in participating in the by-elections. Currently, the LegCo’s two segments – democratically elected geographical constituencies and functional constituencies, which represent special interest groups – are controlled by the pro-Beijing camp.

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