The elected district boards were replaced by a provisional body after the handover in 1997 which was disbanded after fresh elections were held in 1999. This year's election will return 458 members and there will be no appointed members.
Professionals are getting more vocal about politics in Hong Kong and engineer Patrick Wong is taking it one step further. Wong is standing in the 2015 District Council Election as a candidate in the Taikoo Shing East constituency.
When the 79-day Occupy Movement ended last year, some young people vowed to continue their fight for democracy at local level and resolved to stand in the 2015 District Council election. Sheep Wong, vying for the Tung Chung South seat, is one of them.
This infographic shows the history and development of the District Council before 1997. Tomorrow we will post Part II, showing development after the handover...
This Sunday will see the first territory-wide elections since the end of the Occupy Movement last year. Some activists from the movement - calling themselves Umbrella Soldiers - vowed to continue the struggle for democracy in the District Council polls. But political scientist Ma Ngok says these local elections will be won or lost on local community issues.
In the first of a series of infographics, we present a brief outline of what the District Councils are, their composition and their functions.
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Taiwan's cafes and bookstores host to a vibrant salon culture that played an important part in the island's democracy and as Varsity discovers, continues to provide a platform for debate today.
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