27 September 2019 Returning Officer

(Central & Western)

11/F, Harbour Building,

38 Pier Road, Central,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 26080655 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Wan Chai District)

21/F, Southorn Centre,

130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 28349667 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Eastern)

G/F & 11/F, Eastern Law Courts Building,

29 Tai On Street, Sai Wan Ho,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 29675447 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

Southern

1/F, Ocean Court,

3 Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 28735261(Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

Sham Shui Po

4/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices,

303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Shan Shui Po,

Kowloon

By Fax: 27854218 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

Yau Tsim Mong

6/F, Mong Kok Government Offices,

30 Luen Wan Road, Mong Kok,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 27227696 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

Kowloon City

7/F and 8/F, Kowloon City Government Offices,

41 Bailey Street, Hung Hom,

Kowloon

By Fax: 26213205 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Wong Tai Sin)

6/F, Lung Cheung Office Block,

138 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin,

Kowloon

By Fax: 23521841 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Kwun Tong)

21/F, Millennium City 6,
392 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong,
Kowloon

By Fax: 21746765 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Central & Western)

11/F, Harbour Building,

38 Pier Road, Central,

Hong Kong

By Fax: 26080655 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer

(Tsuen Wan)

1/F, Tsuen Wan Multi-storey Carpark Building,
174-208 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan,
New Territories

By Fax: 24120244 (Total 4 Pages)

Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Tuen Mun)
2/F, Tuen Mun Government Offices,
1 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun,
New Territories
By Fax: 24301957 (Total 4 Pages)Dear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Yuen Long)
4/F, Yuen Long District Office Building,
269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long,
New Territories
By Fax: 24747261 (Total 4 Pages)Dear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(North)
3/F, North District Government Offices,
3 Pik Fung Road, Fanling,
New Territories
By Fax: 26754414 (Total 4 Pages)Dear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Tai Po)
4/F, Tai Po Complex,
8 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po,
New Territories
By Fax: 26546624 (Total 4 Pages)Dear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Sai Kung)
6/F, Sai Kung Tseng Kwan O Government Complex,
38 Pui Shing Road,
Hang Hu, Tseng Kwan O,
New Territories
By Fax: 27929440 (Total 4 Pages)Dear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Sha Tin)
4/F, Sha Tin Government Offices,
1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin
New TerritoriesDear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Kwai Tsing)
10/F, Kwai Hing Government Office Building,
166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung,
New TerritoriesDear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai

27 September 2019Returning Officer
(Islands)
20/F, Harbour Building,
38 Pier Road, Central,
Hong KongDear Sir or Madam,On behalf of the Election Observation Project (EOP), which is jointly organized by the Comparative Governance and
Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University
and Civil Rights Observer, I am writing to seek your comments on the following questions:

What criteria or standards, in your view, should the ROs apply when considering the eligibility of prospective
candidates for the elections?

In the light of the growing concerns about “disqualification” (DQ), what evidence will you need to substantiate your
decisions to disqualify a prospective candidate?

With reference to the previous cases of DQ, what measure are you going to take to ensure your decisions are in line
with the laws?

Do you agree or disagree when prospective candidates refuse to give consent on the Confirmation Form, the risk of
being disqualified by the ROs will increase?

Thank you in advance for your kind attention.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Chan 陳家洛, D.Phil. in Politics (Oxon)

Associate Professor, Department of Government and International

Studies and Director, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Press statement: An Election Observation Project Launched

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at
Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an
objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to
election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the
electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of
Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral
integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of
electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic
participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.
EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order
to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district
level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide
objective, reliable and evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong society and the international community.
We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to
produce the first District Council EOP report, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according
to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18
districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming
District Council election.

Meanwhile, we are going to organize a Workshop on 12 October to begin the groundwork for the EOP network. We shall
reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to raise awareness of various
forms of electoral malpractice.

As EOP expands its operation and extends its network, we shall disseminate information by means of events, press
conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms. We intend to invite prominent
international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our works on the
ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors. Citizens are welcome to get in touch via our
Facebook page and by email.

Election Observation Project

26 September 2019

Election Observation Project

EOP Members:

Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies and Director,
Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Leung Kai-chi, Part Time Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Chi-yuen, Teaching Fellow, Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Eric Lai Yan-ho, Part Time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist
University Mr Icarus Wong Ho-yin, Member of Civil Rights Observer Mr Andrew Shum Wai-nam, Member of Civil Rights
Observer

EOP Platforms

Email:hkeop2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkeop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkeop

Telegram Channel: https://t.me/hkeop

Contact: Mr Eric Lai