Macau, China, 23 Jul – The Legislative Assembly Election Affairs Committee announced Wednesday that since each sector of the indirect legislative election came up with just a single list, the 10 candidates for the 10 seats at stake were “elected by default.”
Vasco Fong Man Chong, who heads the committee said since there was no longer a need to hold an election for the 10 indirectly elected seats, no polling stations would be set up for the indirect elections on September 20.
The 10 “automatically” elected candidates represent four sectors.
Lau Cheok Va and Lam Heong Sang represent the labour sector.
Lau Cheok Va is vice-president of the outgoing legislature. He is tipped to become the incoming legislature’s president.
Lam Heong Sang is a trade unionist and member of the Executive Council, being a first-time lawmaker.
The industrial, commercial and financial sector has four representatives in the legislature – Ho Iat Seng, Fong Chi Keong, Kou Hoi In and Cheang Chi Keong.
Ho Iat Seng, a member of the Executive Council and National People’s Congress, is a first-time lawmaker.
Fong Chi Keong changes his position from a directly to an indirectly elected legislator.
Kou Hoi In and Cheang Chi Keong have been reconfirmed as indirectly elected lawmakers.
The professional sector is represented by Chui Sai Cheong and Leonel Alberto Alves.
Chui Sai Cheong is a brother of future chief executive Fernando Chui Sai On and Leonel Alves is a lawyer and Macanese community leader.
Both have been reconfirmed as indirectly elected lawmakers.
The social services, cultural, educational and sports sector is represented by two businessmen, Chan Chak Mo and Cheong Lup Kwan.
Both had been indirectly elected lawmakers of the previous Legislative Assembly.
A total of 12 seats will be directly elected by universal suffrage on September 20, based on a proportional representation system.
A total of 16 groups with 123 candidates are vying for the 12 seats.
Seven lawmakers will be appointed by the chief executive after the election. The legislature has 29 members.