HK opposition activist Joshua Wong loses legal bid to overturn district council elections ban

24-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong court has thrown out a legal bid by opposition activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung to overturn an election ban in a municipal-level vote last November.

The High Court on Wednesday dismissed Wong’s application for judicial review over his disqualification in last year’s district council elections, where he became the only person barred because of his political stance.

Returning officer Laura Liang Aron disqualified Wong, co-founder of the now-defunct localist party Demosisto, on the grounds he had not changed his stance on independence, which she said contravened the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution.

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In his application for judicial review, Wong asked the court to rule that he had fulfilled the requirements to run in the November 24 polls by signing a declaration showing his intent to both uphold the Basic Law, and pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

He also requested that the court rule it unlawful for election officials to invalidate nominations on the basis of questioning a candidate’s intention, sincerity or genuineness in signing such declarations.

Wong was among 12 activists barred from running in this year’s Legislative Council elections, originally slated for September 6, but postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reasons for his disqualification included perceived subversive intentions, opposition to the national security law imposed by Beijing, and intentions to paralyse the government by blocking legislation.


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