SIX post-Umbrella Movement localist groups led by Youngspiration (青年新政) will form an electoral alliance for the forthcoming Legislative Council (立法會) elections in September.
The alliance is proposing an election manifesto of “self-determination by Hongkongers as a people”.
If they do enter Legco, Youngspiration spokesman Wong Chun-kit (黃俊傑) said they will seek to launch a referendum in 2021 to collect the views on the territory’s political future with independence being one of the options.
“In the light of the rapid red invasion, Hongkongers are apparently running out of time,” Wong said.
The five other groups in the alliance are Kowloon East Community (東九龍社區關注組), Tin Shui Wai New Force (天水圍民生關注平台), Cheung Sha Wan Community Establishment Power (長沙灣社區發展力量), Tsz Wan Shan Constructive Power (慈雲山建設力) and Tuen Mun Community Concern Group (屯門社區關注組).
Youngspiration may field candidates in Kowloon West (西九龍), New Territories West (新界西) and Hong Kong Island (香港島) constituencies, while Kowloon East Community may contest Kowloon East (九龍東), Wong said.
Other members of the electoral alliance will also consider running on joint tickets, but the alliance has not yet decided on the candidates.
Youngspiration convener Baggio Leung Chung-hung (梁頌恆) said it needs to raise HK$3m for the elections through online crowdfunding.
Leung said he is aware the Electoral Affairs Commission (選舉管理委員會) may deny the alliance’s registration.
(This article is published on The Student Standard on 13 April 2016)