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Pan-dems 'have a duty to vote for John Tsang'

2017-03-26 HKT 09:47
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  • Pan-democrats said on Sunday they would make good on their pledge to vote for John Tsang in the CE poll. Photo: RTHK
    Pan-democrats said on Sunday they would make good on their pledge to vote for John Tsang in the CE poll. Photo: RTHK
Pro-democracy members of the Chief Executive Election Committee on Sunday morning vowed to stand behind former Financial Secretary John Tsang.

Tsang has consistently topped opinion polls, despite all signs indicating that former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam is likely to win the election after securing Beijing’s backing.

Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok said it was the duty of the more than 300 EC members from the pan-democratic camp to reflect the public’s choice for Chief Executive.

“The will of the Hong Kong people is very clear…a significant majority of them support candidate number 1 [Tsang] so, as the democratic Election Committee members, we have a duty to give a voice to that public opinion,” Kwok said.

Occupy movement founder and Chinese University scholar Chan Kin-man said he voted for Tsang, even though he had cast blank ballots in the past. He said he was disgusted by members who supported Lam. “We need someone in the system who is willing to have dialogue with the community”, Chan said.

Meanwhile, tycoon Lee Shau-kee was among those saying they were voting for Lam. Lee said the former chief secretary met public expectations. The Henderson Land chairman was one of the 580 Election Committee members who earlier nominated Lam for the poll.

Sing Tao News Corporation chairman Charles Ho said he doesn’t put much faith in public popularity when it comes to elections. He said Lam is more capable and Tsang's popularity is only a facade created by his PR team.