The pro-establishment candidate, Yan Chan, rejected suggestions that she had won the Kowloon West Legislative Council by-election because there were two pro-democracy veterans running against each other.
Speaking on Monday morning, Chan said she believed voters genuinely backed her campaign.
“Most of the supporters support my manifesto; mainly, the first priority is the people’s livelihood. This is the main concern of all our Hong Kong citizens. They believe Yan can be the representative of their voice,” said Chan.
Chan received 106,457 votes – that’s more than the combined total of Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan and independent Frederick Fung.
Lee got 93,047 votes and Fung polled 12,509.
The two veteran democrats also denied infighting had caused their defeat.
Lee said he had failed to encourage more people to vote. He added he faced “a lot of smear campaigns”, in particularly by “free newspapers handed out on the street”.
“I think we have a lot to learn from this election campaign. Of course, every election is different. In this election, I have my challenge… And, in facing these challenges, we have adopted the best strategy we think we can come up with,” Lee said.
“We will reflect on our strategy and reflect on the result. What is most important, I think, is the future. How we can together with our unity of the pan-democrats, face the challenges of the future,” he added.
Fung, meanwhile, said the notion of splitting anybody’s vote simply doesn’t exist.
“The vote is from the voter. They decide to vote A or B. It’s not decided by me or Mr Lee.”