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|Founded||19 March 2006|
|Preceded by||Article 45 Concern Group|
|Headquarters||Unit 202, 2/F, Block B, Sea View Estate
4-6 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong
|National affiliation||Pro-democracy camp|
|Colours||Purple, Green, White|
|Politics of Hong Kong
The Civic Party is currently the second largest political party in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, with six members securing seats in the 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council elections. The leader is Alan Leong and the chairman is Audrey Eu.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Party beliefs
- 4 Leading figures
- 5 Well-known former members
- 6 Performance in elections
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Civic Party was officially founded on 19 March 2006 by members of the Article 45 Concern Group, student leaders and pro-democracy advocates, primarily from the legal profession and the academic field. Kuan Hsin-chi became the first chairman and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee the first leader of the party. At the time of formation, the party had six members (Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu Hung, Audrey Eu, Alan Leong Kah Kit, Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, Mandy Tam Heung-man and Ronny Tong Ka Wah) in the Legislative Council, making it the fourth largest party.
Chief Executive Election 2007
In February 2007, Civic Party legislator Alan Leong secured 132 nominations and became the first pro-democracy Chief Executive candidate in the history of Hong Kong. He eventually lost by 123 to 649 votes to favourite Sir Donald Tsang in the election.
Legislative Council Election 2008
The Civic Party won five seats in the 2008 Legislative Council election. In the geographical constituencies, Tanya Chan and Audrey Eu secured seats on Hong Kong Island, Alan Leong in Kowloon East, and Ronny Tong in New Territories East; Margaret Ng was re-elected as the Legal functional constituency representative.
During the election campaign, poll numbers consistently showed a high level of support for the party in several geographical constituencies. However, with the exception of the Hong Kong Island ticket, the party's results failed to match pre-election predictions. Ronny Tong only took the sixth out of seven seats in his constituency, Alan Leong the final seat, while Claudia Mo Man-ching and Fernando Cheung lost in their respective constituencies. The underperformance was blamed on the low turnout and the party's lack of district work.
Legislative Council Election 2012
The 2012 Legislative Council Elections were held on 9 September 2012. Civic Party won a seat in each geographical constituency, five seats in total, and a seat in Legal functional constituency. These six seats makes the Civic Party the second largest political party in Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
The party is managed by the nineteen-member Executive Committee, headed by the Chairman and Leader. It has five Policy Branches, five District Branches, and a youth branch known as the Young Civics.
The admittance of any new member must be backed by two existing members. In addition, a prospective member must complete local branch work for one year before being inducted as an ordinary member.
- Chairman: Audrey Eu (2000-2012 Legislative Council Member for Hong Kong Island Constituency and Founding Party Leader)
- Leader: Alan Leong (Legislative Council Member for Kowloon East Constituency since 2004)
- External Vice-Chairman: Tanya Chan (2004-2008 Legislative Council Member for Hong Kong Island Constituency)
- Internal Vice-Chairman: Chan Ching Kiu, Stephen (Professor in Lingnan University)
- Secretary-General: Bill Lay
- Treasurer: Choy Kai Sing
- Dr Kuan Hsin-chi: founding Chairman
- Joseph Cheng Yu-shek: Secretary General
- Ronny Tong: Chairman of New Territories East Branch, and Legislative Councillor for New Territories East since 2004
Well-known former members
- Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu Hung: Vice-chairman, Chairman of New Territories West Branch, and former Legislative Councillor for the Social Welfare functional constituency, left Civic Party in 2010.
- Mandy Tam: Treasurer, and former Legislative Councillor for the Accountancy functional constituency.
Performance in elections
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- "Civic Party elects new leader, chairman". RTHK. 8 Jan 2011. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011.
- (Chinese) (English) Civic Party Official Site
- (English) Civic Party embarks on path to power - The Hong Kong Standard newspaper article
- (Chinese) New political party to be established within this month - a45 newspaper