The Hong Kong authorities has introduced that September’s parliamentary elections can be postponed by one yr, citing an increase in COVID-19 infections.
“The announcement I have to make today is the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in the past seven months,” town’s chief Carrie Lam stated throughout a information convention, in line with the Associated Press.
She added that “we want to ensure fairness and public safety and health, and need to make sure the election is held in an open, fair and impartial manner. This decision is therefore essential.”
The opposition has accused the federal government of utilizing the pandemic as a pretext to impede individuals’s selection and the suitable to vote within the Legislative Council elections, initially scheduled for September 6, in a second when Hong Kong is reporting greater than 100 new infections day by day, for almost two weeks.
The postponement of the elections got here a day after the federal government banned 12 pro-democracy candidates, together with the activist, Joshua Wong, and incumbent lawmakers Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung, from operating within the upcoming elections.
“This postponement is entirely made based on public safety reasons, there were no political considerations,” Lam added.