BREAKING: Hong Kong postpones September election

The Hong Kong government says it’s postponing Legislative Council elections that were scheduled for September 6, according to a report by NHK.

The leader of the Chinese island, Carrie Lam, said the decision is as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees, including prominent activist Joshua Wong, were disqualified from September legislative elections, with authorities saying Thursday they failed to uphold the region’s mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing.

Others who were disqualified include democracy activist Tiffany Yuen from the disbanded political organization Demosisto, as well as incumbent lawmaker Dennis Kwok and three others from the pro-democracy Civic Party.

It marks a setback for the pro-democracy camp, which had aimed to win a majority of seats in the legislature this year. Earlier this month, they held an unofficial primary, with candidates including Wong topping the polls.

Wong said he was disqualified because he had described the region’s recently imposed national security law as draconian, which indicated he did not support the law and thus invalidated his candidacy.