Chief executive contender John Tsang has said he is very optimistic about gaining enough nominations to officially participate the small-circle election next month.

To be a candidate, he must win at least 150 nominations from the 1,194-member election committee. A Metro Daily report on Friday cited an unnamed business sector source as saying that Tsang, the former finance secretary, may not even receive 50 nominations from the business sector.

But when Tsang was asked to respond on Friday, he said he has been meeting with many electors this week.

John Tsang. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“I am now very optimistic that I can obtain enough nominations,” he told reporters. But he did not reveal how many nominations he has secured.

“I will adopt a strategic method to submit my nominations at an appropriate time,” he said, without revealing a date.

Crowdfunding campaign 

More than 22,700 people have donated a total of HK$4.5 million to Tsang online in the course of a week. He said some members of the public have also sent him more than HK$600,000 by cheque.

“It is beyond our expectations that people would be so enthusiastic. My team and I feel very encouraged,” he said.

Tsang launched his election platform this week but he attracted criticism over his housing plan and his proposal to legislate a controversial national security law. He stood by his campaign points when meeting reporters to summarise the week’s work.

Leung Kwok-hung. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Council president Andrew Leung said he has received complaints from lawmakers over fellow lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung announcing matters related to his chief executive run at the Council.

Andrew Leung said he hoped lawmakers could avoid using facilities of the Legislative Council to conduct election related matters, reported RTHK.

He said the LegCo Commission, a body formed by lawmakers for administrative measures, will discuss next Monday how to handle the incident and whether there should be clear guidelines.

He added that there should eventually be a warning letter be sent to the relevant lawmakers. A copy of the letter will be given to the Registration and Electoral Office.

Leung did not comment on which chief executive contender will better improve the relationship between the administration and the legislature.

He also said he will not nominate anyone, but will vote in the secret ballot, without revealing who will be his choice for now.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.