Macao’s highest court will decide on the separate appeals by three Legislative Assembly direct-election candidacy groups in one go, the Court of Final Appeal has announced.
The three-judge court will pronounce a single judgement on the appeals by the Democratic Macao Association, New Macao Progressives and New Macao Progressive Association against their respective disqualification from the 12 September direct election.
The court said that its single judgement will be based on the joinder, a legal term used for bringing parties together and known in Portuguese as “apensação”, of the three appellants’ cases.
The judgement will be made within the next five days.
The Legislative Assembly Electoral Affairs Commission announced on 9 July that it has disqualified the three Lists from running in the 12 September election because they allegedly failed to support the Macao Basic Law or have been disloyal to the Macao Special Administrative Region.
After the three “pro-democracy” Lists’ separate objections to their disqualification from the election were rejected by the commission they submitted their respective appeals to Macao’s top court.