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    2018 Legco By-(s)election discussion...

    What tactics will the executive branch use to make it an unfair fight?

    Paul Zimmerman will not win as it is a very small circle election of people with links to Beijing

    That leaves 3 geographic constituencies.

    It has already been suggested that spending by the pro-authoritarian camp will be 20x and the major press and TV are all aligned with the pro-authoritarian stance (They barred any new free to air channels). This should be enough to swing most elections but probably not this one.

    What other tactics will the pro-authoritarian regime use to make the election less fair?


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    It looks like the government will wait until the last minute before disqualifying the preferred Pan Dem candidates. That will mean pro-authoritarian candidates will run uncontested. Hopefully this wont happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    It looks like the government will wait until the last minute before disqualifying the preferred Pan Dem candidates. That will mean pro-authoritarian candidates will run uncontested. Hopefully this wont happen.
    not unexpected

    Demosisto condemns decision to bar its candidate - RTHK

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAherbert:
    Still can't find any suggestion by Agnes Chow that she advocates independence. It should be challenged as the returning officer looks to of overstepped the mark and determined what a candidate may be thinking rather than actually saying.

    Self Determination is a normal process for societies to choose the model of governance and acts as a check and a balance on the executive branch.
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    Has there already been a judgement regarding the retuning officers refusing certain candidates? I recall there was some judicial review over the 2016 elections.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    Has there already been a judgement regarding the retuning officers refusing certain candidates? I recall there was some judicial review over the 2016 elections.
    I seem to recall High Court judge Thomas Au threw it out - I could be wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    Still can't find any suggestion by Agnes Chow that she advocates independence. It should be challenged as the returning officer looks to of overstepped the mark and determined what a candidate may be thinking rather than actually saying.

    Self Determination is a normal process for societies to choose the model of governance and acts as a check and a balance on the executive branch.
    Acting CE said in a Press conference that self-determination and independence contravenes the basic law so government / returning officer has right to disqualify

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAherbert:
    Acting CE said in a Press conference that self-determination and independence contravenes the basic law so government / returning officer has right to disqualify
    I've yet to see a law that actually says so. While the basic law clearly says HK is an inalienable part of China there doesn't seem to be a law saying you can't change that or lobby for changing the basic law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    I've yet to see a law that actually says so. While the basic law clearly says HK is an inalienable part of China there doesn't seem to be a law saying you can't change that or lobby for changing the basic law.
    true, has not been really tested in the courts.

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