Former chief secretary John Lee Ka-chiu (right) submits his application for the upcoming Chief Executive election at the office of Electoral Affairs Commission in Central, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on April 13, 2022. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)
John Lee Ka-chiu submitted his application on Wednesday morning to stand for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s chief executive race scheduled on May 8.
Meeting the press after submitting his application, John Lee Ka-chiu said the 786 nominations he received from Election Committee members were a great encouragement for him
Lee had garnered 786 nominations from the SAR’s nearly 1,500 Election Committee members before submitting the application. The number is well beyond the 188 nominations needed to be eligible for the vote. A candidate also needs at least 15 nominators from each of the five sectors in the committee.
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Meeting the press after submitting his application, Lee said the 786 nominations he received from EC members were a great encouragement for him.
Lee said this is just the first step, and he will continue to lobby for support from other EC members and exchange views with them. He revealed that several talks will be held today and his team will also arrange thematic discussions for EC members and professionals to get their suggestions.
Lee said he was hoping that his political platform will be successfully implemented. He added that his team will also do its best to prepare it and hopes it can be completed soon.
The nomination period in the chief executive race started on April 3 and ends on Saturday. Candidates will need to submit their applications in person before 5 pm on Thursday, as Friday and Saturday are holidays.