Good morning principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates,
I am Jerry Leung from class 6B. It’s only 11 more days to go until the 2015 District Council Elections.
My fellow schoolmates, do you think the district council elections would be as keen as the Student Union election in CZM? Have you ever thought of how the aftermath of the 79-day protests will change Hong Kong’s political landscape?
The district council elections this year are widely seen as a litmus test of public support for the pan-democratic and pro-establishment camps. As it’s the first major polls since Occupy, it will allow the public to deliver their verdict on the movement. This year, 935 candidates are vying for 431 constituencies. Despite the fact that 68 of the candidates will automatically become district councilors, a total of 867 candidates will still have to compete for the remaining 363 seats. The most competitive districts are expected to be Sham Shui Po and Central. Forty-two candidates come from new groups who were inspired by the Occupy protesters.
Young people represent change. As the Chinese saying goes, “The rear waves of the Yangtze River always drive on those before”. This year, more than 40 activists who took part in the Occupy movement are running in the district council elections. Whether these’ umbrella soldiers’ would get the mainstream support in society and pose a threat to the pro-establishment camp is still questionable. Notwithstanding, it would still be a good opportunity for young candidates to take the political stage.
With the election in less than two weeks away, hope Zao Meners who are eligible to vote would cast your vote in the election. Elect a District Council member who can not only represent your interests but also advise the Government on district affairs. Exercise your civic rights and fulfill your civic responsibilities.
Functions of District Councilscivic
The functions of a District Council are-
(a) to advise the Government-
1. on matters affecting the well-being of the people in the District; and
2. on the provision and use of public facilities and services within the District; and
3. on the adequacy and priorities of Government programmes for the District; and
4. on the use of public funds allocated to the District for local public works and community activities; and
(b) where funds are made available for the purpose, to undertake-
1. environmental improvements within the District;
2. the promotion of recreational and cultural activities within the District; and
3. community activities within the District.