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No political screening,
Defend our rights of election
We denounced strongly that Mr. Franco KWOK, the Returning Officer, had just disqualified Ms Lau Siu Lai from the by-election of Kowloon West constituency today.
The Basic Law stipulates that “permanent residents of the Hong Kong shall have the right to vote and the right to stand for election in accordance with law". The disqualification, having said that, infringed the principles of Basic Law severely. In addition, it showed that the government has added screening process to every single elections. It is undemocratic and aims at prohibiting those the government dislikes from being elected.
On the other hand, the reasons of disqualification is unconvincing and unacceptable. The red line drawn by the authoritarian government changes from time to time in order to suppress the freedom of speech. It is clear that the one-country-two-system and the rule of law in Hong Kong have been seriously jeopardised. This will also undermine the international image and reputation of Hong Kong.
We, therefore, urge the government to withdraw the decision of disqualification immediately and cease all political screenings in the future.
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