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Rita Fan's son joins NPC race

Rita Fan's son joins NPC race

The son of the former National People's Congress standing committee delegate Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and leaders of major pro-Beijing parties were among those submitting nominations in the race to be NPC deputies yesterday.
The nomination period ends tomorrow. The 1,423 members of the electoral conference will vote to elect 36 NPC deputies on December 15. Each candidate should obtain nominations from at least 15 electoral conference members.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, president Stanley Ng Chau-pei and vice-president Tse Oi-hung said yesterday they had obtained more than 300 nominations each.

Ng said he received nominations from Hong Kong's sole delegate to the NPC standing committee, Tam Yiu-chung; the deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, Maria Tam Wai-chu; and Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen.

Tam announced earlier he would step down from his position of NPCSC delegate.

Asked whether he would compete for the position, Ng said: "I have to become a NPC deputy and seek recognition from all sectors before considering competing for the NPCSC delegate position."

Ng also said he attached great importance to protests against lockdowns and the zero-Covid policy in the mainland, adding he believed the anti-epidemic work should be carried out precisely and scientifically.

Provincial authorities should implement the National Health Commission's latest anti-Covid measures instead of imposing harsh measures by themselves, he said.

Brave Chan Yung, an NPC deputy from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, also said that he has secured more than 300 nominations from members, among whom was Tam.

A DAB Legislative Council member, Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member, also submitted 203 nominations.

The son of Rita Fan, Andrew Fan Chun-wah, took part in the election with more than 80 nominations.

"My mother supports me to run in the election. I didn't receive any specific guidance on the election as she gives me advice all the time," he said.

Legco member Kenneth Fok Kai-kong of the sports, performing arts, culture and publication sector, will also compete for the deputy position, saying he wanted to be a bridge that connects the SAR and the mainland.

Many current NPC deputies sought another term, including Maggie Chan Man-ki, Nicholas Chan Hiu-fung and Herman Hu Shao-ming, who is already 68 years old.

"I'm still willing to serve the country. I'm old but I think I'm still energetic," Hu said.

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