30 November, 2011
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At a forum hosted by the Department of Political Science on 23 November, four newly elected District Councillors from different political parties shared their experiences and reflections on the latest District Council elections, as well as their insights into the political development of Hong Kong. 

With Prof Wong Yiu-chung, Head of the Department of Political Science as the commentator and Dr Annie Chan, programme director of social sciences as the host, the forum saw a heated exchange between the guest speakers and the audience on various topical issues such as the much-touted reasons for the pro-democracy camp’s failure in the District Council elections (including their being unable to offer the so-called freebies of “snake-meat and vegetarian banquets and give-outs of cakes and rice dumplings” due to resource stretch), the powers and constraints of District Councillors and the prospects of democratisation in Hong Kong. 

The District Councillors were Chung Kam-lun (NeoDemocrats, Yan Ying, Sai Kung District); Lam Lap-chi (Democratic Party, Cheung Hang, Kwai Tsing District); Ngan Man-yu (Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Jordan Valley, Kwun Tong District) and Wong Chor-fung (New People’s Party, Tai Hang, Wan Chai District). More than 100 students, colleagues and members of the media attended the forum.