A political analyst says he was not surprised to see the pro-establishment camp’s victory in the Legislative Council by-election for Kowloon West, given the internal divisions within the pan-democratic camp.
Li Pang-kwong, head of Lingnan University’s Department of Political Science, said on Monday that there is a hard road ahead for the opposition.
He said while veteran democrat Frederick Fung had every right to join the race, his participation still divided the vote with fellow democrat Lee Cheuk-yan.
The Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan got 93,047 votes and independent Frederick Fung polled 12,509. But their combined total was still less than pro-establishment candidate Yan Chan, who received 106,457 votes.
Li said the pan-democratic camp “has an uphill battle” in the future.
“On the one hand, the localists have already broken away. On the other hand, there’s a division within the camp,” he told RTHK's Jimmy Choi.
“So, if they want to have a strong comeback, I think two things need to be addressed. First, how to hammer out their differences and come to a consensus on the nomination of candidates in each and every election in future.”
"Second thing is how to deal with the differences with the localists, how to persuade the localists to have a cooperative strategy for them to pursue in future elections,” he added.