West Kowloon by-election too close to call - RTHK
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West Kowloon by-election too close to call

2018-11-26 HKT 00:10
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  • A ballot is emptied for counting in the West Kowloon by-election. Photo: RTHK
    A ballot is emptied for counting in the West Kowloon by-election. Photo: RTHK
Counting is taking place in the West Kowloon by-election and early indications are that the vote is too close to call between the two main candidates. The Hong Kong Research Association estimates that Yan Chan of the pro-establishment camp and the Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan, of the pro-democracy camp, are equally matched.

But the pro-establishment camp should have the advantage as a former pro-democracy lawmaker, Frederick Fung, was also in the race. He was running as an independent.

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.

The chances for Fung and the two other candidates, Ng Dick-hay and Judy Tzeng, were judged to be minimal.

The vote is important for the pam-dems as they would regain their veto in the geographical constituencies if Lee won.

The turnout of over 40 per cent matched that in the March 2018 West Kowloon by-election in spite of the rainy weather. But it was over ten percentage points lower than in the Legco election there in 2016.