The co-founder of the Occupy Central Movement, Benny Tai, said on Thursday that he is willing to coordinate the election campaign of what he called the "non-establishment camp" for this year's Legislative Council election.
Tai, who is a law professor at the University of Hong Kong, told RTHK that if all opposition groups worked together in a closely coordinated campaign, it would be possible for them to win half of the 70 seats in the council.
He noted that candidates from the pan-democratic camp, who stood for the council election in 2012, won 57 percent of the votes. He said if the ballots can be evenly distributed, the camp has "a very good chance" of winning the 23 of the 35 directly elected seats that would be up for grabs.
Tai said the pan-democrats would be able to keep the three so-called "Super District Councillor" functional constituency seats and win three extra seats in functional constituencies. He said this will end the pro-establishment camp’s dominance in the council.
Tai admitted that the plan means voters may have to cast their ballots for someone they dislike. But he stressed that one should identify the "common enemy" – the pro-establishment camp – and fight for the long-term goal of democracy.