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COVID-19- Is it really a cause of delaying elections in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is seen during a press conference on July 31, 2020. The government today announced that they will delay the Legislative Council election for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As the elections were just going to be held in Hong Kong but everything took halt due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. No one ever expected that the explosion of this virus could cause such a situation that it will impact all the sectors in the economy. The reports suggest that the government of Hong Kong has made a press release that there will be no legislative elections on the date scheduled.

They are postponed for a specific time period until everything will become routine. Yes, the elections have been delayed for one year due to the wide outbreak of the corona pandemic in society. But the opponents are not accepting this thing as they think that it was a strategy for delaying the selection.

Words of the chief executive regarding the postponement of elections

  • The chief executive of Hong Kong, Mr. Carrie lam, suggested that it is really a very tough decision. The elections are an essential part of any of the countries as people have to choose their new representative, but it is crucial for delaying the election because of the enormous spread of the virus in the country.

  • Public safety and health are their essential desire because if they are safe, then elections can be conducted anytime. In other countries like USA and India, millions of people are affected by this deadly virus. This is why it is essential to pause all the significant activities to protect mankind from this virus.

  • As you know that the voting day is an essential day in the history of the ay city. Millions of people usually participate in voting for their deserving candidates on this day. This multiple the risk of infection of COVId-18 among the people. However, various social distancing rules have been implemented by the government. But still, they are not followed by the people, and the government does not want to take the chance of seeing people infected, leading to a massive loss for the country.

  • Even many of the citizens of China are on different continents and are deserving citizens to vote in the elections, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it is not possible for them to vote, which is another cause of shifting the dates of elections to another year. All the counties have imposed travel restrictions just for the people safety, and it cannot be compromised as the health of the people is more precious for them.

What was the reaction of opposition?

The opposition party of the legislative council election was blown off by hearing the news of a delay in the elections. This is because they were having a clear hint of winning in this election. This is because the people were highly disappointed by the former party and their service as the current government. Actually, their wish was to attain the victory and sweep down the new national security law, which is creating issues for several people.

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