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Sha Tin District Council (Chinese: 沙田區議會) is the district council for the Sha Tin District in Hong Kong. It is one of 18 district council. Sha Tin District currently consists of 39 members, of which the district is divided into 38 constituencies, electing a total of 38 with 1 ex-officio member who is the Sha Tin rural committee chairman. The latest election was held on 22 November 2015.

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
Vice-Chair
Structure
Seats39 councillors
consisting of
38 elected and
1 ex officio member
7 / 39
7 / 39
3 / 39
2 / 39
2 / 39
1 / 39
1 / 39
1 / 39
Elections
First past the post
Last election
22 November 2015
Meeting place
HK ShaTinGovernmentOffices.jpg
4/F Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Website
www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/st/

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HistoryEdit

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]

Political controlEdit

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–present




Political makeupEdit

Elections are held every four years.

    Political party Council members Current members
1994 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
  Independent 11 6 8 7 6 7                            
  NPP/CF 10 11 14 15 12 9                            
  DAB 0 9 2 8 9 7                            
  Democratic 8 3 7 3 5 7                            
  Civic - - - 0 0 0                            
  Neo Democrats - - - - 2 5                            
  STCN - - - - - 1                            
  Labour - - - - - 1                            
  BPA - - - - - -                            

District result mapsEdit

Members representedEdit

As of 30 May 2019:

Code Constituency Name Political affiliation Notes
R01 Sha Tin Town Centre Wai Hing-cheung Independent
R02 Lek Yuen Michael Wong Yue-hon Civil Force
R03 Wo Che Estate Anna Yue Shin-man DAB
R04 City One Wong Ka-wing NPP
R05 Yue Shing Victor Leung Ka-fai NPP/CF
R06 Wong Uk Lai Tsz-yan Independent
R07 Sha Kok Billy Chan Shiu-yeung Independent
R08 Pok Hong Chiu Chu-pong Independent
R09 Jat Min Yau Man-chun Independent
R10 Chun Fung Chan Nok-hang Civic
R11 Sun Tin Wai Ching Cheung-ying Democratic
R12 Chui Tin Hui Yui-yu Independent
R13 Hin Ka Lam Chung-yan Civil Force
R14 Lower Shing Mun Tong Hok-leung NPP/CF
R15 Wan Shing Ho Hau-cheung NPP/CF
R16 Keng Hau Ng Kam-hung Independent
R17 Tin Sum Pun Kwok-shan NPP/CF
R18 Chui Ka Li Sai-hung Neo Democrats
R19 Tai Wai Tung Kin-lei DAB
R20 Chung Tin Wong Hok-lai STCN
R21 Sui Wo Thomas Pang Cheung-wai DAB
R22 Fo Tan Scarlett Pong Oi-lan Independent
R23 Chun Ma Siu Hin-hong Independent
R24 Chung On Yip Wing Labour
R25 Kam To James Chan Kwok-keung Independent
R26 Ma On Shan Town Centre Alvin Lee Chi-wing Independent
R27 Lee On Chris Mak Yun-pui Independent
R28 Fu Lung Tsang So-lai Democratic
R29 Wu Kai Sha Li Wing-shing Independent
R30 Kam Ying Ting Tsz-yuen Independent
R31 Yiu On Stanley Li Sai-wing DAB
R32 Heng On Cheng Tsuk-man Democratic
R33 On Tai Alvin Chiu Man-leong DAB
R34 Tai Shui Hang Michael Yung Ming-chau Civic
R35 Yu Yan Yiu Ka-chun NPP/CF
R36 Bik Woo Iris Wong Ping-fan DAB
R37 Kwong Hong Wong Fu-sang DAB
R38 Kwong Yuen Chan Man-kuen NPP/CF
Ex Officio Sha Tin Rural Committee Chairman Mok Kam-kwai BPA

LeadershipEdit

ChairsEdit

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

Chairman Years Political Affiliation
Donald Y. K. Tsang 1982–1984 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–present Civil ForceNPP/CF

Vice ChairsEdit

Vice Chairman Years Political Affiliation
Thomas Pang Cheung-wai 2000–present DAB

ReferencesEdit

  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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