The 50 New Territories East District Councillors completed the oath last week, and 16 of them were ruled invalid after submitting information, including the Sha Tin District Council Chairman Li Zhihong, Sai Kung Ko Yaolin, and Tai Po Chen Zhenzhe, known as the "Uncle Airport".
The government gazetted these 16 elected members today (15th). The vacancies will be suspended from the 8th of this month, the day when the oath was ruled invalid.
On the other side, the first two batches of 17 Hong Kong Island and Kowloon district councillors who were ruled to be invalid last month have reported that there is a salary issue.
Among them, Guo Tianli of Kowloon City pointed out that the amount of operating expenses for the proposed office was cut proportionally by the authorities, and the government recovered the amount actually reimbursed from him, which is estimated to be more than 100,000 yuan.
According to this precedent, Li Zhihong estimates that about 120,000 yuan will be recovered in the future.
Ren Guodong from the same district reported that he had not received operating expenses and remuneration exceeding RMB 100,000 in September or before. However, according to the "Guidelines on the Arrangement of Remuneration, Allowances and Expenses Repayment for District Council Members", it is stated that under normal circumstances, the remuneration will be It will be issued on the last working day of each month.
Remuneration and expenses not paid out in September or before
Ren Guodong, who was ruled to invalidate the oath on the 29th of last month, has so far not received the September district councilors' remuneration and the actual operating expenses from July to September, involving a total of about 100,000 yuan.
Ren claimed that he had never made advances to the government. Even if calculated in proportion to his tenure, the operating expenses he used did not exceed the limit. He did not understand why the authorities did not pay him a remuneration.
Ren Zeng asked the frontline staff of the Civil Affairs Department and was told that it was not within his scope of responsibility.
He said that the authorities will be given a few days, and if the authorities have not paid any remuneration by then, they will consider legal means to recover them.
Approximately 100,000 yuan of operating expenses were recovered after the actual reimbursement
Regarding the operating expenses reimbursed and reimbursed, the district councillors have an annual repayment amount of about 550,000 yuan, which is used to pay for the negotiation expenses.
Guo Tianli in the same district received a letter from the District Council Secretariat stating that the amount of operating expenses reimbursement that can be claimed this year is only about 410,000, but the government has already repaid about 520,000 to Guo.
The letter stated that the secretariat will notify the refund arrangement again because the cumulative amount of refunds has exceeded the eligible amounts.
Guo Tianli stated that he had not been notified of the actual repayment amount and expected to return more than 100,000 yuan.
Guo Tianli believes that the relevant arrangements are unreasonable, because the reimbursement of the expenses is actually reimbursable, and the purpose is in line with the functions of the district council, including the payment of rent and assistant salaries. It has also been approved by the department.
He said that he would continue to discuss with the government to request discretionary treatment or allow instalment payments. If a consensus is not reached, legal action will be considered.
Li Zhihong expects to refund 120,000 yuan on a pro rata basis
Li Zhihong, who was ruled to resign on the 8th of this month, has received his September remuneration instead, but has not received the remuneration from October 1st to 7th.
He said that the department has not issued a notice on operating expenses to him. If calculated in proportion, based on the previous epidemic work, the operating expenses used by him will exceed the limit, and it is estimated that at least about 120,000 yuan will be returned.
List of members of the Eastern District of the New Territories who have sworn invalid oaths:
Tai Po District Council:
2. Chen Weijia
Sai Kung District Council:
1. Li Yinhao
2. Li Jiarui
Sha Tin District Council
1. Li Zhihong
2. Shek William
3. Li Zi En
4. Lu Deming
5. Huang Haofeng
6. Wu Jinxiong
8. Huang Xueli
9. Zheng Zewen
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