Early results suggest that the opposition camp has routed their pro-establishment rivals in Sunday’s historic District Council election – winning race after race across the territory. While official results are yet to be announced, results of individual vote-counts at multiple counting stations were quite one-sided, with pro-democracy candidates winning the majority of races, and even the most prominent and most established pro-government candidates losing to little-known newcomers.
Legislator Junius Ho conceded defeat in a message posted on Facebook, reporting that he received just over 2,600 votes – some 1,200 fewer than his rival Cary Lo of the Democratic Party in Tuen Mun.
Ho described the result as ‘abnormal’ and ‘regrettable’ – saying the poll had turned heaven and earth upside down.
Shock defeats for prominent pro-government lawmakers came in thick and fast.
First, Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Ho Kai-ming reportedly lost by 700 votes to Chan Man-kin of the Democratic Party. Then it was Roundtable legislator Michael Tien falling to political neophyte Lau Cheuk-yu, who decided to run only after the start of the anti-extradition protests in June. Then, Vincent Cheng of the DAB went down to rival Lao Ka-hang of the Civic Party in Sham Shui Po. His party mates Horace Cheung, and Holden Chow followed in the losers' column.
Cheung – an Executive Councillor – told reporters it was "too early to draw any conclusions" from the results, saying his party will be holding a central committee meeting to discuss the election later on Monday.
FTU lawmaker Alice Mak lost to Civic Party Sin Ho-fai in Kwai Tsing.
The lone bright spot for the pro-government camp came in arguably the most high-profile race of all – DAB chairwoman Starry Lee holding off a spirited challenged from former League of Social Democrats legislator Leung Kwok-hung in Kowloon City. Speaking to reporters after acknowledging his loss, the man better known as Longhair quipped that his rival may be the only pro-government lawmaker to win a District Council seat, and added that the Chief Executive Carrie Lam, should 'prepare her resignation speech.' Pro-government lawmaker Paul Tse also held onto his seat in Wan Chai.
Longhair's partymate, Jimmy Sham – the convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front – overcame an election attack in Mong Kok that left him in crutches for the latter stages of his campaign to win a seat over Wong Yu-hon of the Civil Force.
Sham this the District Council polls aren't just a normal election, he sees the election as a referendum on the anti-extradition movement, and the winner is the people of Hong Kong, not him personally.
In another closely-watched race, Kelvin Lam – who replaced Joshua Wong on the ticket after the activist was disqualified from running in the race due to his support of ‘self-determination’ for Hong Kong – reportedly defeated incumbent Judy Chan of the New People’s Party by 4,100 votes to 3,100 in the South Horizons West constituency.
Several former student leaders associated with lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, also reported victories. Eddie Chan – a former core member of the Federation of Students – reportedly beat the DAB's Chui Kwan-siu in Yuen Long. And Lester Shum, a former deputy secretary general of the Federation of Students, won a seat in Tsuen Wan, beating rural representative and incumbent Chow Ping-tim.
Another former student leader, Tommy Cheung, who was given a suspended jail sentence for his involvement in the Umbrella Movement, is said to have defeated incumbent Wilson Wong from the Business and Professionals Alliance in Yuen Long.
Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui retained his seat in the Central and Western District, defeating independent candidate Wong Chung-wai.
He told RTHK his victory is also a victory for the months-long anti-extradition protests that have rocked the city for almost six months.
“I believe the high turnout rate [is because] people are so angry and they really need to express themselves through casting a vote and the vote result means that people are for democracy. People are for the anti-extradition movement. And people are still with the protesters”, Hui said.
“I see myself as one of the protesters, and now people voted for me, they voted for protesters. That is the message”, he added.
Election authorities say an unprecedented 71.2 percent of the electorate, or 2.94 million people, cast their votes on Sunday, with a higher turnout traditionally favouring pro-democracy candidates.
Last updated: 2019-11-25 HKT 03:06
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