“The Democratic Party can survive even if it avoids the polls”
Democratic Party Chairman Lo Kin-hei said on Friday that he believed his party would continue to exist, even if he decided not to participate in the Legislative Council elections in December.
A membership vote will take place on Sunday to determine whether or not the party should vote. Former Democratic Party lawmaker Fred Li recently said the party should dissolve if it chooses not to field candidates.
Lo said he respects Li’s position, but the members should be able to decide for themselves, after months of discussion and deliberation.
“Fred Li is a better known and more experienced member of the public. But he is still a party member and he has a voice, and he has yet to persuade other party members to follow him or not,” Lo said.
“The most important thing for me is for the party to make a decision as a whole next Sunday and we respect that outcome no matter what. I think that’s how a political party can move forward. in the future.”
Lo said he believes his party will always have influence with the public as long as people agree with his work and continue to stand up for Hong Kong people whether or not he joins the Legco polls.
“We have not had a seat on the Legislative Council for almost a year, and we are still trying to continue our district and community work,” he said.