Casino labour activist Cloee Chao Sao Fong is the leading candidate of the New Macao Gaming List in September’s Legislative Assembly direct election.
Chao presented her group’s political program and list of candidates to the Legislative Assembly Electoral Affairs Commission at the Administration Building in Rua do Campo on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, she said that her list’s election campaign would focus on the benefits and rights of gaming sector employees, but added that it would be difficult to win one of the 14 directly-elected seats.
Official statistics show that a total of 56,613 people were employed by the local gaming sector at the end of 2020.
Chao failed in her bid for a directly-elected seat four years ago, and admits that this year’s election could have a similar outcome due to the strong competition among the 19 rival lists.
The 14 directly-elected seats are elected by universal suffrage and based on proportional representation, with the 12 indirectly-elected members elected by association representatives.
The Chief Executive will appoint seven lawmakers following the direct and indirect elections on 12 September 2021, representing 21.2% of the legislature’s 33 members. A total of 42.4% will be directly elected, with 36.4% indirectly elected.