Any legal bid to stop Hong Kong polls delay likely to fail, say observers

Changes to city's electoral process expected following move to postpone Legco election

Any legal challenge against the move to delay the polls to elect a new Parliament in the city would likely be unsuccessful, and lasting changes to the electoral process are to be expected, political observers said.

Professor Albert Chen Hung Yee, a member of the Basic Law Committee that falls under China's top law-making body, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), told The Straits Times that while it is possible that some may challenge in Hong Kong courts the emergency law used by Chief Executive Carrie Lam to delay the polls, the likelihood of a successful challenge is quite low.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2020, with the headline 'Any legal bid to stop HK polls delay likely to fail, say observers'. Print Edition | Subscribe