President of the legislatureAndrew Leung Kwan-yuen has told the press that the seats of two ousted Youngspiration lawmakers will be announced as vacant in the gazette as soon as next Monday.
The process to publish the announcement will be initiated on Thursday and will be completed no later than Tuesday, he said.
The Youngspiration duo – Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching – did not appeal to the Court of Final Appeal on Thursday, having lost their appeal on Wednesday to overturn the High Court’s decision to disqualify them from the legislature. They were ousted following their controversial conduct during last month’s swearing-in session.
“[T]he secretary-general of LegCo has to follow the procedures, to publish [the vacation of seats] in the gazette within 21 days of the court ruling,” Leung told reporters on Thursday.
Leung said that the secretariat will then initiate the process to recover the wages and subsidies paid to the two lawmakers after their offices have been formally announced vacant.
When asked about the arrangement for by-elections to fill the vacated seats, Leung said that by-elections are not the duty of the Legislative Council, and the matter will be left to the government and the Electoral Office.
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen has said previously that the dates for the by-elections will be decided by the Electoral Affairs Commission, and will normally be held four to six months after the seat has been vacated.