Edward Leung Tin-kei’s election materials have been rejected again on Monday by the Registration and Electoral Office after amendments were submitted on February 4, Hong Kong Indigenous has said. The office has thus declined to mail his election pamphlets for free.
Leung, a member of the localist group, is running as a candidate for the New Territories East legislative council by-election at the end of this month. Candidates are running to replace ex-lawmaker Ronny Tong, who submitted his resignation last year.
According to a document released by the group, the office allegedly said that terms such as “autonomy,” “brave resistance,” and “differs from China’s history” breach what is stated in the first article in the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution. The first article states: “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China.”
The Electoral Office said that all candidates must promise to defend the Basic Law and guarantee their loyalty to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region when submitting their applications for candidacy. According to legal advice sought by the office, the election materials likely violated promises Leung made to protect and support the Basic Law.
Hong Kong Indigenous said: “Autonomy and liberty are treasured parts of Hong Kong people’s values. They are also guaranteed by the Basic Law. It is perplexing why they are becoming sensitive topics and cannot be mailed.”
“Leung Tin-kei’s platform about public resources mentioned “self-sufficiency and autonomy,” in which he talked about desalination and local farming, which are part of the government’s current policies. However, it has been rejected by government departments as breaching the law, which is preposterous.”
It also said that the office was “self-censoring by listing even factual terms such as ‘differs from China’s history’ as law breaking.”
“From today onwards, Hot dogs [nickname for Wong’s supporters] will do their best to help No. 6 Leung Tin-Kei to get elected!”
Hong Kong Indigenous is a localist group founded after the Occupy protests in 2014. They say they want to break away from old resistance methods and uphold indigenous Hong Kong values. It was one of the groups involved in the Mong Kok unrest last Monday. The whereabouts of Ray Wong Toi-yeung, the group’s leader, remain unknown.