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CE election: Nomination to begin Feb 14

CE election: Nomination to begin Feb 14
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told the media on Dec 9, 2016 that he would not seek re-election. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG – Nomination of candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive race next year will begin on Feb 14, according to the Electoral Affairs Commission.

In a gazette published on Friday morning, the Commission said the nomination period will end on March 1, 2017.

The election will be held on March 26.

The nomination period will end on March 1, 2017 and the election will be held on March 26

Justice Carlye Chu Fun-ling, the Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, has been appointed as the Returning Officer for the election.

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As of now, two aspirants – lawmaker and chairwoman of New People’s Party (NPP) Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing – have thrown their hats in the ring.

The incumbent CE Leung Chun-ying said on Dec 9 that he would not seek re-election as the next CE due to family reasons. Three days later, the city’s Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah resigned from his post , saying he would consider thoroughly whether or not to run for the city’s top post.

CE election: Nomination to begin Feb 14
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee announces her decision to join the Chief Executive race and reveals her campaign platform at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Thursday. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she would reconsider the possibility of announcing her bid to become the next CE due to the “dramatic changes” brought by Leung’s decision.

According to the election rules, a valid candidate needs the nomination of no less than 150 members of the 1200-strong Election Committee .

CE election: Nomination to begin Feb 14
Woo Kwok-hing,former vice president of the Court of Appeal, waves to the media after a press conference on Thursday, to formally declare he will join the 2017 Chief Executive election. (RoyLiu / China Daily)

The law requires a winning candidate to obtain at least 600 votes, the majority of the total votes.

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Anyone eligible to be nominated as a candidate needs to be a Hong Kong permanent resident, over 40 years old and with no right of abode in any other foreign country. The aspirants are required to live in the city continuously for no less than 20 years to contest the election.

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