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HK’s candidate eligibility review body holds first meeting

Candidate Eligibility Review Committee chairman Chief Secretary for Administration John Lee Ka-chiu (centre) joins committee members Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai (third left), Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai (second left), Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung (first left), Elsie Leung Oi-sie (third right), Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai (second right), and Professor Lawrence Lau Juen-yee (first right) for their first meeting on July 14, 2021 (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – Members of Hong Kong's Candidate Eligibility Review Committee convened their first meeting on Wednesday.

All committee members, including Chairperson Chief Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu; official members Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai and Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung; and non-official members Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and Prof Lawrence Lau Juen-yee, were present.

The committee will review and confirm the eligibility of candidates for the election of the chief executive, the subsector election of the Election Committee that is responsible for selecting the city's top leader and the election of the Legislative Council

With its membership announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on July 6, the committee will review and confirm the eligibility of candidates for the election of the chief executive, the subsector election of the Election Committee that is responsible for selecting the city's top leader and the election of the Legislative Council.  

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The committee will decide whether the candidate complies with the legal requirements and conditions for upholding the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and swearing allegiance to the HKSAR.

In the decision-making process, it may consult the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR.

Based on the review made by the Police National Security Department, the national security committee will consider whether a candidate complies with the said requirements and conditions, and issue an opinion to the committee in respect of those who fail.

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