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Chairmen and deputy chairmen of all 18 panels of the Legislative Council were to be elected on 18 October. Of which, the Panel on Security, hosted by Leung Yiu Chung of NWSC, could not elect the chairman and deputy chairman within the regulation time limit as many LegCo members rose to various points of order, large number of LegCo members left the meeting to attend the Panel on Development which was scheduled to begin at 9am. This resulted in the Panel on Security to be announced adjourned due to insufficient LegCo members present in the meeting.
During the meeting, Leung denied that he announced the adjournment of the meeting. He began the election process and asked the Legislative Council Secretariat to call in the LegCo members. The Secretariat clarified that since Leung, the host, has already announced the adjournment of the meeting, it has to be ended. Yet, this also caused the Panel on Manpower could not start on time at 9:30am.
For the election of the chairman and deputy chairman for panels, the LegCo member who has the longest tenure would be the host of such elections, in this case, it would have been James To Kun Sun of the Democratic Party. But, To was nominated to be the chairman for the Panel on Security, and hence the hosting responsibility transferred to the second longest tenured councillor, Leung Yiu Chung. When Leung began hosting the meeting, he first asked the Secretariat whether he is the “host” or the “chairman” of such meeting. The pro-establishment councillors criticised Leung of being unfamiliar with the Rules of Procedure. Some even claimed to be incapable and lack in confidence to host the meeting. When LegCo members rose to points of order, Leung consulted the Secretariat in response. As many members left for the meeting for the Panel on Development that starts at 9am, the Panel on Security could not elect the chairman and deputy chairman before 9am. Leung then announced that the meeting is adjourned due to insufficient presence of LegCo members.
Since the collaboration between pro-establishment parties and non-pro-establishment parties no longer exists, there are over 60 LegCo members entering each of the 16 panels to fight for the chairman spots, all except the Panel on Welfare Services and the Panel on Health Services.
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