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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

153 LegCo candidates named

The Candidate Eligibility Review Committee announced today that among the 154 nominations for the 2021 Legislative Council General Election received by returning officers, 153 are determined valid.   Meanwhile, Medical & Health Services functional constituency candidate Lau Tsz-chun’s nomination is invalid.   Elaborating on the determination this morning, Chief Secretary and committee chairperson John Lee said that since Mr Lau holds office and is employed in a government department or bureau, he is a prescribed public officer as defined under the Legislative Council Ordinance and hence is not qualified as a candidate.   For those who are confirmed eligible for the upcoming LegCo election, 35 nominations are from the geographical constituencies, 67 are from the functional constituencies, and 51 are from the Election Committee constituency, Mr Lee added.   The returning officers concerned have informed all candidates of the committee’s decision, and the candidate concerned the reason why his nomination is considered invalid. A notice detailing the names, addresses and candidate numbers of the 153 confirmed nominees will be published in the Gazette.   In response to reporters’ questions, the Chief Secretary pointed out that the improved electoral system will produce candidates who will be broadly representative of society and there will be balanced participation. He added the chaos and unlawfulness that previously erupted in LegCo could also be avoided.   “This election, after improvement, will ensure all these unlawful activities, all these matters that may contravene and be harmful to national interests will not happen.   “This improved electoral system will ensure that those who are elected eventually will be for the benefit of society as a whole, will be for the benefit of ‘one country, two systems’, will be able to solve problems and make Hong Kong a better place.”   In accordance with Annex II to the Basic Law, the committee is responsible for reviewing and confirming the eligibility of candidates for LegCo membership. It will decide whether the person concerned can meet the legal requirements and conditions of upholding the Basic Law and bearing allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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