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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

SJ explains counsel engagement

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today said the Department of Justice (DoJ) engaged an outside counsel due to the complexity of a case.   Ms Cheng made the statement this afternoon when speaking to reporters at the Legislative Council.   She pointed out that many good lawyers in Hong Kong can handle difficult cases, but the case concerned is very complicated.   “For this particular one, as stated in the judgment of Justice Poon, this is a very complicated and difficult case and also with the view that the laws in Hong Kong may be further developed, we had decided, and it was approved by the judge, to engage an outside counsel, David Perry, who of course is one of the top silks, a very formidable silk, from London.”   Ms Cheng noted that Mr Perry would no longer be involved in the case.   “He had expressed concerns about the pressures that we have seen in the media, in the UK community from all sides and also the question about quarantine that we have here in Hong Kong.   “For those reasons he has told us and indicated that we should proceed on schedule without him. That’s what we are doing, and that’s exactly how it has happened.”
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