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Sha Tin District Council

Sha Tin District Council

沙田區議會
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1981 (1981-04-01) (District Board)
1 July 1997 (1997-07-01) (Provisional)
1 January 2000 (2000-01-01) (District Council)
Leadership
Chair
Frederick Yu Wai-shing, Independent
Vice-Chair
Vacant
Structure
Seats42 councillors
consisting of
8 elected member
16 district committee members
17 appointed members
1 ex officio member
13 / 42
9 / 42
3 / 42
1 / 42
16 / 42
Elections
First past the post
Last election
10 December 2023
Meeting place
4/F Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Website
www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/st/
Sha Tin District Council
Traditional Chinese沙田區議會

The Sha Tin District Council is the district council for the Sha Tin District in Hong Kong. It is one of 18 such councils. The Sha Tin District Council currently consists of 42 members, of which the district is divided into four constituencies, electing a total of 8 members, 16 district committee members, 17 appointed members, and one ex officio member who is the Sha Tin rural committee chairman. The latest election was held on 10 December 2023.

History

The Sha Tin District Council was established on 1 April 1981 under the name of the Sha Tin District Board as the result of the colonial Governor Murray MacLehose's District Administration Scheme reform. The District Board was partly elected with the ex-officio Regional Council members and Sha Tin Rural Committee chairman, as well as members appointed by the Governor until 1994 when last Governor Chris Patten refrained from appointing any member.

The Sha Tin District Board became Sha Tin Provisional District Board after the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was established in 1997 with the appointment system being reintroduced by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. The current Sha Tin District Council was established on 1 January 2000 after the first District Council election in 1999. The appointed seats were abolished in 2015 after the modified constitutional reform proposal was passed by the Legislative Council in 2010.

As a new town in the 1980s, Sha Tin was a strategic target for emerging pro-democracy activists, when the three major pro-democracy political groups Hong Kong Affairs Society (HKAS), Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) and Meeting Point formed a strategic alliance in the 1988 District Board election, which saw prominent politicians Fung Chi-wood, Lau Kong-wah and Choy Kan-pui launched their political careers. Lau and Choy later quit the pro-democracy United Democrats of Hong Kong (UDHK) after the 1991 Legislative Council direct election and formed a new district-based political group Civil Force in which all its candidates were elected in the 1994 election and have been dominating the council since.[1]

The 2000s saw the intense competitions between the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) and the Democratic Party, which saw the DAB dropped its seat from 1999 election's nine to 2003 election's two due to the anti-government sentiments following the historic 2003 July 1 protest, many of those in Ma On Shan fallen into the Democrats' hand with the defeats of Lau Kong-wah and Chan Hak-kan in Kam To and Chung On. The DAB rebounded from its defeat in the 2007 election, retaking most of its seats from the Democrats.

In 2014, Regina Ip's New People's Party (NPP) expanded its network to Sha Tin by absorbing the Civil Force, making NPP the largest party in the district. In the 2015 District Council election, the first election after the Umbrella Revolution, the pan-democrats made a surprising advance in the district, doubling their seats from 8 to 19 seats by defeating a number of veteran Civil Force councillors. The DAB also suffered some unexpected defeats in Ma On Shan, with incumbent Legislative Councillor Elizabeth Quat lost her seat to Labour Party new face Yip Wing in Chung On. However, The pro-Beijing camp was able to retain control of the council with a one-seat majority of the ex-officio seat occupied by the Sha Tin Rural Committee chairman.[2]

In the historic landslide victory in 2019, the pro-democrats took control of the council by sweeping 40 of the 41 elected seats. Only the new constituency Di Yee was won by pro-Beijing DAB as two pro-democrat candidates split the votes which gave the DAB the victory.

In the 2023 District Council election, 8 of the 42 seats on the Sha Tin District Council will be elected by elected members, 16 seats will be elected by district committees, 17 appointed members, and 1 ex-officio member will form the current Sha Tin District In the Parliament, among the 42 members, 16 are independent members, 13 are from the New People Party, 9 are from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of China, 3 are from the Federation of Trade Unions, and 1 is from the BPA. Among the 42 members of the House of Representatives, 42 are from the pro-establishment camp.

Political control

Since 1982 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Camp in control Largest party Years Composition
No Overall Control None 1982–1985
Pro-government None 1985–1988



Pro-government Hong Kong Affairs Society 1988–1991




Pro-government United Democrats 1991–1994




Pro-Beijing Civil Force 1994–1997




Pro-Beijing Civil Force 1997–1999




Pro-Beijing Civil Force 2000–2003




Pro-Beijing Civil Force 2004–2007




Pro-Beijing Civil Force 2008–2011




Pro-Beijing Civil Force → NPP/CF 2012–2015




Pro-Beijing NPP/CF 2016–2019




Pro-democracy Civic → Democratic 2020–2023




Political makeup

Elections are held every four years. As of October 19, 2020:

    Political party Council members Current
members
1994 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015 2019
  Independent 11 6 8 7 6 7 19
27 / 42
  Democratic 8 3 7 3 5 7 6
6 / 42
  Civic - - - 0 0 0 7
2 / 42
  DAB 0 9 2 8 9 7 1
1 / 42
  Labour - - - - - 1 1
1 / 42
  LSD - - - 0 0 0 1
1 / 42
  STCV - - - - - - 1
1 / 42
  BPA - - - - - 0 -
1 / 42

District result maps

Members represented

Capacity Code Constituency Name Term Political affiliation Notes
Elected R01 Sha Tin West Chan Tan-tan 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Calvin Tang Siu-fung 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
R02 Sha Tin East Yiu Ka-chun 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Chu Wun-chiu 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
R03 Sha Tin South Eddie Lam Yu-shing 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Koo Wai-ping 1 January 2024 Incumbent FTU
R04 Sha Tin North Choi Wai-shing 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Anna Law Yi-lam 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
District Committees Maisy Kung Mei-chi 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Ronald Yeung Ying-hon 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Ng Kai-tai 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Mok Hei-man 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Janet Lee Ching-yee 1 January 2024 Incumbent FTU
Leung Ka-wai 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Cheung Pak-yuen 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Ha Kim-kwan 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Celine Lam Yuk-wa 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Maverick Leung Chun-pong 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Chan Hiu-ying 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Karen Law Yuen-pui 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Guo Xuantong 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Jeff Lau Tak-wing 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Lam Siu-man 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Ada Lo Tai-suen 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Appointed Kelly Tung King-lei 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Roy Lam Kwong-kwan 1 January 2024 Incumbent DAB
Chan Sin-ming 1 January 2024 Incumbent FTU
Vincent Wong Wai-shin 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP
Leung Ka-fai 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Chan Man-kuen 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Michael Liu Tsz-chung 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Pun Kwok-shan 1 January 2024 Incumbent NPP/CF
Nancy Lam Chung-yan 1 January 2024 Incumbent Civil Force
Michael Wong Yue-hon 1 January 2024 Incumbent Civil Force
Paul Au Chi-on 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Wong King 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Wong Po-yee 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Tsoi Ming-yang 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Deng Kairong 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Cheng Ka-ho 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Scarlett Pong Oi-lan 1 January 2024 Incumbent Independent
Ex Officio Sha Tin Rural Committee Chairman Mok Kam-kwai 1 January 2024 Incumbent BPA

Leadership

Chairs

Since 1985, the chairman is elected by all the members of the board:

Chairman Years Political Affiliation
P. H. Hase 1981–1982 District Officer
Donald Tsang Yam-kuen 1982–1984 District Officer
Paul Tang Kwok-wai 1984–1985 District Officer
Ng Chan-lam 1985–1991 Nonpartisan
Choy Kan-pui 1991–1999 United DemocratCivil ForcePA
Wai Kwok-hung 2000–2011 Civil Force
Ho Hau-cheung 2012–2019 Civil ForceNPP/CF
Ching Cheung-ying 2020–2021 Democratic
Mak Yun- Pui 2021-2023 Independent

Vice Chairs

Vice Chairman Years Political Affiliation
Thomas Pang Cheung-wai 2000–2019 DAB
Wong Hok-lai 2020–2021 Community Sha Tin
Kelvin Sin Cheuk-nam 2021–2023 Democratic

Notes

References

  1. ^ "【泛民怎樣光復一區 2】三十年河東 莫欺少年窮". 立場新聞. 18 December 2015.
  2. ^ "【建制僅比泛民多一席】沙田區議會 39議員全部加入所有委員會". 立場新聞. 9 January 2016.

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