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Appointments to the Electoral Affairs Commission

     The Chief Executive (CE) has appointed Mr Justice Barnabas Fung Wah, Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court, as Chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) for a term of four years from August 17, 2009, to August 16, 2013. The CE has also re-appointed Professor Andrew Chan Chi Fai as member of the EAC for a term of three years from September 29, 2009, to September 28, 2012. Professor Chan is the Director of the EMBA Programme and a professor in the Department of Marketing of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  The appointments will be gazetted on July 31.

     "We are very pleased that Mr Justice Fung has accepted the appointment to be the EAC Chairman," a government spokesman said. "As the Returning Officer of the 2007 Chief Executive election, Mr Justice Fung has experience in handling electoral matters. He has also undertaken administrative responsibilities in his capacity as the Chief District Judge from 2001 to 2006. We are confident that the EAC will be able to accomplish its future tasks successfully under the leadership of Mr Justice Fung."

     The incumbent EAC Chairman, Mr Justice Pang Kin Kee, will be reaching the retirement age for a High Court Judge. He will retire from the EAC upon expiry of his chairmanship on August 16, 2009.

     "We would like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Mr Justice Pang Kin Kee, for the exemplary service he has rendered to the EAC over the last three years," the spokesman said.

     "Under the leadership of Mr Justice Pang, the EAC has organised a full range of elections including that of the Chief Executive, Election Committee, Legislative Council, District Councils and Village Representatives. The EAC has made important achievements in ensuring that public elections in Hong Kong are open, fair and honest.

     "We are also pleased that Professor Chan will continue to serve in the EAC.  His experience in the management field and electoral matters will be of great help to the Commission in accomplishing its future tasks," the spokesman said.

     The EAC is established under the Electoral Affairs Commission Ordinance. Its responsibilities include making recommendations on geographical constituency boundaries, and conducting and supervising elections. It also supervises the registration of electors and makes arrangements to ensure that the elections are conducted openly, fairly and honestly.

Ends/Monday, July 27, 2009