Polls have closed in the West Kowloon by-election, a race the pan-democrats need to win in order to regain a veto in the Legislative Council geographical constituencies.
In spite of the heavy rain, the turnout of over 40 per cent matched that in the March 2018 West Kowloon by-election. But it was over ten percentage points lower than in the Legco election there in 2016. And with the pan dem vote effectively split, the pro-establishment camp are in a strong position.
The by-election was for the seat of pan-democrat Lau Siu-lai. She was one of six pan-dem legislators disqualified for failing to take their Legislative Council oaths of office correctly in 2016.
Lau has also been barred from running again because of her past advocacy of self-determination for Hong Kong people. She has chosen to back fellow Labour Party member Lee Cheuk-yan instead.
But another former pro-democracy lawmaker, Frederick Fung, is also in the race -- as an independent, after disagreeing with the decision to appoint Lee as the back-up for Lau.
The in-fighting has left a once-united camp divided. And observers say that makes newcomer Yan Chan the front-runner in the by-election.
A former TV reporter and political assistant, she has the backing of the pro-establishment camp.
Two other candidates, Ng Dick-hay and Judy Tzeng, are trying to break the mould of yellow versus blue, saying they want to focus on livelihood issues.