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Saturday, November 09, 2019, 20:46
HK official: Lawmakers' arrests not linked to district election
By chinadailyhk.com
Saturday, November 09, 2019, 20:46 By chinadailyhk.com

Hong Kong SAR's Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip attends a press conference at the government headquarters in Tamar, Hong Kong on Jan 9, 2019. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen on Saturday said there was no correlation between the arrests of opposition legislators and the upcoming District Council election.

Patrict Nip said the HKSAR government would take all the necessary contingency measures to ensure a smooth and peaceful election

Six opposition lawmakers were arrested Friday and Saturday for allegedly breaching the Legislative Council regulation after obstructing a LegCo meeting on May 11. They will appear in court on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Nip said police are doing their job by investigating every individual case and taking appropriate actions when ready.

"As I have made the government’s position very clear, it is our very clear objective to have the very important District Council election be conducted smoothly and peacefully," Nip said. 

To achieve this, Nip said concerted effort of the whole community is needed, adding that the government would ensure all the necessary contingency measures are in place.

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"It is very important for the whole community to calm down and to stop violence, so that we can have a relatively peaceful environment for the candidates and their supporters to do their campaigns. Also, on polling day, the electors can feel safe to go to the polling stations to cast their votes," Nip said.

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