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Published: 15:41, December 15, 2022 | Updated: 20:54, December 15, 2022
Hong Kong SAR elects 36 new NPC deputies
By Oasis Hu
Published:15:41, December 15, 2022 Updated:20:54, December 15, 2022 By Oasis Hu

The second plenary session of the Conference for Electing Deputies of the Hong Kong SAR to the 14th National People's Congress is held in Hong Kong, Dec 15, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Thursday elected 36 deputies to the 14th National People’s Congress, the nation’s top legislature, from 42 qualified candidates.

During the electoral conference’s second plenary session, members cast their votes anonymously to elect the new deputies.

The election results were submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for final verification. Upon its approval, each deputy will serve a five-year term in the country’s top legislature starting in 2023

Five backup deputies were also named at the conference in the event of any vacancy.

The election results were submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for final verification. Upon its approval, each deputy will serve a five-year term in the country’s top legislature starting in 2023.

Yang Zhenwu, secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee, who came to Hong Kong to preside over the election, said the electoral process was open, fair, and impartial, which will be recognized and affirmed by the Hong Kong community. 

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He believes that the new NPC deputies for Hong Kong will fully and accurately implement the policy of “one country, two systems”, and be determined to protect national sovereignty and contribute to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. 

Yang also hopes they can give full play to the unique advantages of serving as the HKSAR’s NPC deputies under the “one country, two systems” policy, and offer more wisdom to implement and improve this policy.

The new deputies pledged to earnestly serve the interests of Hong Kong residents in the NPC and help the SAR make greater contributions to the nation.

Newly elected deputy Starry Lee Wai-king, chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said that she felt honored to have been elected and will fulfill her promise to take full advantage of the principle of “one country, two systems” during her term. 

Another newly elected deputy, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, vice-chairwoman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, said that she has many aspirations to be realized as a Hong Kong deputy, and hopes to bring more vitality to the NPC deputy team in Hong Kong. 

Yang Zhenwu (middle), secretary-general of the National People's Congress Standing Committee; Leung Chun-ying (left), Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; and Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu attend the second plenary session of the Conference for Electing Deputies of the Hong Kong SAR to the 14th NPC in Hong Kong, Dec 15, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

Among the 36 deputies, 15 incumbent NPC deputies were successfully re-elected. They also expressed their determination to improve the well-being of Hong Kong residents and create a more harmonious society.

Nancy Ip Yuk-yu, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, secured 1,254 votes, the highest number in the election. She said she was pleased to continue serving Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry.

Stanley Ng Chau-pei, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, said that he felt the election was competitive and that every candidate was outstanding. 

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Having been elected as an NPC deputy for the third time, Li Yinquan, director of China Merchants Capital Co Ltd, said he was confident about the new NPC deputies’ abilities, and said he would endeavor to further integrate the HKSAR with the Chinese mainland to create better opportunities for the development of Hong Kong enterprises.

Legal pundit Chan Man-ki, who was also re-elected, vowed to leverage her expertise in law, arbitration, and dispute resolution service in the HKSAR and the mainland to advance the nation’s law-based governance and help build the city into an international law and dispute resolution center during her 5-year term.

Tommy Li Ying-sang, life honorary chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, was also successfully re-elected. He said he was delighted to see that some young candidates have been elected, and hopes they can lead young people in Hong Kong to become more deeply engaged in national political affairs and make greater contributions to the country.

Of the 36 elected deputies, Ip and Fok attracted the highest and the second-highest number of votes, at 1,254 and 1,248, respectively.

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On Monday, the Macao Special Administrative Region's election conference elected 12 Macao deputies to the 14th National People’s Congress from 15 candidates.


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