Islands District Council
Islands District Council
|Founded||1 April 1981 (District Board)|
1 July 1997 (Provisional)
1 January 2000 (District Council)
Randy Yu, Independent
Wong Man-hon, Independent
10 elected and
8 ex officio members
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|20/F., Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Islands District Council|
The Islands District Council is the district council for the Islands District in Hong Kong. It is one of 18 such councils. The Islands District currently consists of 18 members, of which the district is divided into 10 constituencies, electing a total of 10 with 8 ex-officio members who is the Peng Chau, Lamma North, Tung Chung, Lamma South, Tai O, Lantau South, Mui Wo and Cheung Chau rural committee chairmen. The latest election was held on 24 November 2019.
The Islands District Council was established on 1 April 1981 under the name of the Islands 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 chairmen of eight Rural Committees, Peng Chau, Lamma North, Tung Chung, Lamma South, Tai O, Lantau South, Mui Wo and Cheung Chau, as well as members appointed by the Governor until 1994 when last Governor Chris Patten refrained from appointing any member.
The Islands District Board became the Islands 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 Islands 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.
The Islands District Council has the most number of eight ex-officio seats and is dominated by the rural forces. As the Tung Chung new town was developed in the early 2000s, some political parties have also successfully made attempts in those areas, notably Tang Ka-piu of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) in Yat Tung Estate North and Holden Chow of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) in Tung Chung South. Amy Yung Wing-sheung of the pro-democracy Civic Party has also held Discovery Bay since 2000.
In the historic landslide victory in 2019 election, Islands District Council became the only council where pro-democrats gained the majority of the elected seats but failed to take control of the council due to the 8 ex-officio seats. However, the pro-democrats got 7 of the 10 elected seats and ousted DAB legislator Holden Chow for District Council (Second) from his seat.
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||None||1988 - 1991|
|Pro-government||None||1991 - 1994|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||1994 - 1997|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||1997 - 1999|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||2000 - 2003|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||2004 - 2007|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||2008 - 2011|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||2012 - 2015|
|Pro-Beijing||DAB||2016 - 2019|
|Pro-Beijing||Civic → DAB||2020 - 2023|
Elections are held every four years.
|Political party||Council members||Current|
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District result maps
Starting from 1 January 2020:
|T01||Lantau||Randy Yu Hon-kwan||Independent|
|T02||Mun Yat||Kwok Ping||Independent|
|T03||Yat Tung Estate North||Fong Lung-fei||Independent|
|T04||Tung Chung South||Vacant||[a]|
|T05||Tung Chung Central||Vacant||[b]|
|T06||Tung Chung North||Vacant||[a]|
|T08||Peng Chau & Hei Ling Chau||Vacant||Independent||[c]|
|T09||Lamma & Po Toi||Lau Shun-ting||DAB|
|Ex Officio||Peng Chau Rural Committee Chairman||Wong Hon-kuen||Independent|
|Lamma North Rural Committee Chairman||Chan Lin-wai||Independent|
|Tung Chung Rural Committee Chairman||Wong Chau-ping||Independent|
|Lamma South Rural Committee Chairman||Chow Yuk-tong||Independent|
|Tai O Rural Committee Chairman||Ho Siu-kei||Independent|
|Lantau South Rural Committee Chairman||Ho Chun-fai||Independent|
|Mui Wo Rural Committee Chairman||Wong Man-hon||Independent|
|Cheung Chau Rural Committee Chairman||Yung Chi-ming||Independent|
Since 1985, the chairman is elected by all the members of the board:
|Fok Siu-tung||1981||District Officer|
|Ricky Fung||1981–1983||District Officer|
|William Yap||1983–1985||District Officer|
|Daniel Lam Wai-keung||1985–2011||Heung Yee Kuk|
|Chow Yuk-tong||2012–2019||Heung Yee Kuk|
|Randy Yu Hon-kwan||2020–present||Heung Yee Kuk|
|Vice Chairman||Years||Political Affiliation|
|Randy Yu Hon-kwan||2016–2019||Heung Yee Kuk|
|Wong Man-hon||2020–present||Heung Yee Kuk|
- Disqualified on 21 October 2021.
- Former Civic Party member.
- Died on 1 May 2022.