Election postponement properly justified, say HK officers | Hong Kong
HONG KONG – Prime officers of the Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area authorities on Sunday stated the postponement of the 2020 Legislative Council Normal Election is properly justified and within the public curiosity.
If the election is held as scheduled, it will likely be troublesome for the election to be a good and open one. It might additionally undermine the protection of the voters, the candidates and their supporters in addition to the polling workers.
Chief Govt of the HKSAR Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on July 31 introduced the postponement of the election, which was initially scheduled for Sept 6, 2020, because of the present COVID-19 outbreak.
Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung stated in his weblog on Sunday that it was a really troublesome determination to postpone the election, but it surely was vital to guard the general public’s well being and to make sure the election to be carried out brazenly and pretty.
Cheung stated that the LegCo election is huge in scale with over three million voters prone to take part within the occasion, which might trigger a really excessive threat of an infection. Below the prevailing regulation to ban group gatherings, it might be troublesome for candidates to hold out any significant rallying actions.
Moreover, a lot of voters are stranded within the Chinese language mainland and abroad because of the epidemic, and wouldn’t be capable to return to Hong Kong in view of the border management measures. Aged voters might also chorus from voting amid the extreme epidemic state of affairs attributable to their larger dangers of an infection.
If the election is held as scheduled, it will likely be troublesome for the election to be a good and open one. It might additionally undermine the protection of the voters, the candidates and their supporters in addition to the polling workers, Cheung added.
Cheung burdened that the present wave of the epidemic was prone to final for weeks and even longer, and there may additionally be a winter surge.
He stated the LegCo performs vital and substantive features and has an annual enterprise cycle, and the preparation work and the voter registration train would take months earlier than an election will be held, which makes it affordable to postpone it for a 12 months.
Monetary Secretary Paul Chan stated in his weblog that prevention and management of the epidemic are essential as they’re associated to folks’s well being and lives and shouldn’t be hindered by political disputes. He urged everybody to place apart their variations and work collectively to include the epidemic.
Chan burdened that the HKSAR authorities’s precedence is to fight COVID-19, and on the similar time, to make sure folks’s well-being and stabilize the economic system. He believed that after the epidemic is introduced beneath management in Hong Kong, the large market of the mainland and the potential of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Better Bay Space will assist Hong Kong’s economic system to quick get well.