Civil Force

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Civil Force
公民力量
Chairman Ho Hau-cheung
Founded December 1993
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Centre-right
National affiliation Pro-Beijing camp
Colours      Green
Legislative Council
1 / 70
District Councils
18 / 507
Website
www.civilforce.org.hk
Politics of Hong Kong
Political parties
Elections

Civil Force (Chinese: 公民力量) is a pro-Beijing community organisation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Headed by Chairman Ho Hau-cheung, it has its stronghold in the Sha Tin and Sai Kung Districts and has the majority of seats in the Sha Tin District Council.

History[edit]

It was established in 1993 by a former member of United Democrats of Hong Kong, Lau Kong-wah and 8 other Sha Tin District Board members.

Lau was defeated by Emily Lau in both the 1991 LegCo elections and the 1995 LegCo elections. In 1996, Lau secured a seat in the Provisional Legislative Council. He was elected into LegCo in since 1998 LegCo elections in the New Territories East geographical constituency, after he joined the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB).

In 2003, due to the pro-Government stance of DAB especially on the issue of implementing Article 23 of the Basic Law, the popularity of Lau, being a member of the DAB, was affected, and the Civil Force performed not as well in the 2003 District Council elections. Campaigns of some of the members emphasise more on the banner of Civil Force and their local contributions, and did not mention the convenor's connection with the DAB. Lau himself lost the seat in the Kam To constituency for the Sha Tin District Council despite his long service in the district. The Civil Force retained 14 seats in the Sha Tin District Council, and 3 seats in the Sai Kung District Council.

In the 2012 Legislative Council election, Lau Kong-wah lost in the District Council (Second) constituency election while the newly joined member Scarlett Pong failed to win a seat in the New Territories East constituency. Civil Force had not been represented in the Legislative Council for the first time.

On 14 March 2013, LegCo member Lam Tai-fai told the press on that he had already joined the Civil Force on 1 January 2013, which made the organisation retained one seat in the Legislative Council.[1]

The Civil Force formed a coalition with the New People's Party in February 2014. Civil Force leader Pun Kwok-shan was appointed Vice-Chairman of the New People's Party.[2]

Election performances[edit]

Legislative Council elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
GC
seats
FC
seats
EC
seats
Total seats +/−
1995 27,841Steady 3.05Steady 0 0 1
1 / 60
1Increase
1998 DAB ticket 1 0 0
1 / 60
N/A
2000 DAB ticket 1 0 0
1 / 60
0Steady
2004 DAB ticket 1 0 -
1 / 60
0Steady
2008 DAB ticket 1 0 -
1 / 60
0Steady
2012 23,988Steady 1.32Steady 0 0 -
0 / 70
1Decrease

Municipal elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
UrbCo
seats
RegCo
seats
Total
elected seats
1995 10,546Steady 1.89Steady 0 1
1 / 59

District Councils elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
Total
elected seats
+/−
1994 12,141Steady 1.77Steady
10 / 346
8Increase
1999 19,633Increase 2.42Increase
11 / 390
N/A
2003 25,720Increase 2.45Increase
17 / 400
6Increase
2007 30,880Increase 2.71Increase
18 / 405
1Increase
2011 35,221Increase 2.98Increase
15 / 412
3Decrease

References[edit]

  1. ^ "林大輝嫁入公民力量". Ming Pao (in Chinese). 15 March 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "新 民 黨 宣 布 與 公 民 力 量 結 成 聯 盟". Radio Television Hong Kong (in Chinese). 12 February 2014. 

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