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No plan for law interpretation: SJ

August 08, 2016

The Government has no plan to seek an interpretation of the Basic Law on the legal disputes arising from the decision of the Legislative Council election nominations, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen says.


He was responding to media questions about some disqualified candidates seeking a judicial review on the nomination validity, before he departed for Australia this morning.


He said that Hong Kong's judiciary system can handle the legal disputes, and there is no need to seek help from the National People's Congress Standing Committee.


Mr Yuen reiterated that the Returning Officers review each candidate’s nomination as a whole.


He noted that Edward Leung, whose candidacy was rejected, did not explicitly advocate for Hong Kong's independence in the New Territories East geographical constituency by-election earlier this year.


Meanwhile, Mr Yuen said he noticed some people venting their anger over the Returning Officer’s decision on the Internet or through other means. He called on people not to act illegally in expressing opinions.