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Counting begins in race for 601 votes

2017-03-26 HKT 11:00
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  • Ballot boxes are taken to a central counting area. Photo: RTHK
    Ballot boxes are taken to a central counting area. Photo: RTHK
  • The three Chief Executive election candidates Woo Kwok-hing, Carrie Lam and John Tsang. Photo: RTHK
    The three Chief Executive election candidates Woo Kwok-hing, Carrie Lam and John Tsang. Photo: RTHK
  • Members of the public wait for news at the election centre in Wan Chai. Photo: RTHK
    Members of the public wait for news at the election centre in Wan Chai. Photo: RTHK
The first round of voting in Hong Kong’s Chief Executive election ended at 11am on Sunday, with all eyes on whether one of the three candidates had managed to secure the minimum 601 votes needed to take victory.

Carrie Lam, John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing had earlier shook hands together as Election Committee members cast their ballots at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Most of the 1,194 people who get to pick who will replace CY Leung as Hong Kong’s next leader are deemed to be pro-Beijing and it is widely believed that Lam is the preferred choice of the central government.

But more than 300 Election Committee members are part of the pro-democracy camp and they reiterated on Sunday morning that they would vote for John Tsang, being as he appears to enjoy the most support among ordinary Hongkongers who don’t have a say in the election.

If none of the candidates gets enough votes in round one, a second round of voting will be held between 2pm and 3pm. A third round is also possible between 7pm and 8pm.