Disqualified lawmaker Lau Siu-lai on Thursday announced her intention to run in an upcoming Legislative Council by-election, to try to regain the seat she lost in the Kowloon West constituency.
Lau, who joined the Labour Party recently, was disqualified in the oath-taking saga, along with three other pro-democracy lawmakers in July 2017. She had won the seat as a Democracy Groundwork candidate.
The 42-year-old announced her decision to join the November race at a press conference in Sham Shui Po, and was supported by representatives of various pro-democracy parties.
They stressed that it is important for Lau to win the election in order to strengthen the opposition's ability to monitor the government within the Legislative Council.
To officially enter the race, Lau still needs the green light from the constituency's returning officer, who has the right to disqualify her if it is believed she is not committed to upholding the Basic Law and maintaining that Hong Kong is an integral part of China.
At the media briefing announcing her candidacy, Lau stated that she does not back calls for Hong Kong's independence.
Lau said she supports autonomy in livelihood issues, such as a universal pension and the minimum wage.
The nomination period for the by-election begins on October 2.
If Lau is disqualified, her partymate, Lee Cheuk-yan, will likely run in her place.
It is widely speculated that former political assistant to the Food and Health Bureau, Rebecca Chan, will represent the pro-Beijing camp in the election.