The chief executive election scheduled for next month has been postponed because of Covid.
Incumbent Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers for the move.
Carrie Lam called a press conference this evening to drop a bombshell -- the chief executive election scheduled for March 27 has been pushed back to May 8.
Nominations, which were due to open on Sunday have been moved to April 3 to 16.
Lam, the incumbent, used emergency powers to make the changes, the same powers that were used to delay the Legislative Council elections in 2020.
Lam noted currently there are thousands of cases, posing health risks for the election.
She added it is not fair and open if candidates cannot canvas due to Covid restrictions.
There could be another extension if Covid worsens, but not after June 30.
That's all we could do because the current-term government could not do anything that goes beyond our term,
so options like extending the term of the chief executive or postponing the CE election to after June 30 are not decisions that we could take.
They could only be made by the Central People's Government.