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Pro-democracy camp wins the day in election rout

2019-11-25 HKT 04:36
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Almost three million voters sent the Carrie Lam administration an unmistakable message on Sunday, flooding to the ballot box in record numbers to vote against pro-establishment candidates and usher in what by all indications should be a staggering victory for the pro-democracy camp.

While official results are yet to be announced, partial counts suggest that opposition candidates should win an overwhelming majority of the 452 District Council seats up for grabs, and may have a winning ratio of as high as nine-to-one

Most analysts had expected the opposition to make significant gains with the government’s popularity ratings at an all-time low, but no one was predicting that the pro-democracy camp would win a majority of seats – much less almost all of them.

The early winners were of one voice, crediting the people of Hong Kong and their support of the anti-extradition movement for their election victories.

“The vote result means that people are for democracy. People are for the anti-extradition movement. And people are still with the protesters”, Democratic Party lawmaker and election winner Ted 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.

Student leader Jordan Pang, who took one of the biggest pro-establishment scalps by soundly defeating DAB legislator Horace Cheung, said the pressure’s now on the government to give a credible answer to the protest movement’s five core demands – including an independent probe of alleged police abuses during the protests, amnesty for arrested protesters, and full democracy for Hong Kong.

“The government… they have to face the fact that the majority of the Hong Kong people are supporting the five demands and they have to change the system and we must have a democratic government” he said.

Former League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung came within around 300 votes of toppling DAB chairwoman Starry Lee in Kowloon City. He wasn’t bothered by his loss, urging the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to take heed of the election results and respond to the protest movement’s five demands.

“She said that she represents the majority of the Hong Kong people. But the result of the election shows [it’s] the other way. If I were Carrie Lam, I would prepare for [my resignation speech]”, he quipped.

Another giant-slayer, the Democratic Party’s Cary Lo, elicited some of the loudest cheers of the night when it was announced that he was victorious over controversial pro-government lawmaker Junius Ho in Tuen Mun.

But he quickly turned the focus to the protesters still holed up at Polytechnic University after fierce clashes last weekend.

“My feeling now is very complicated. Of course we are excited and [thankful] for the result. However we still need to bear in mind that there are many university students [who] are still suffering in the social movements in recent months”, Lo said.

Seven out of eight pro-democracy lawmakers who fought for a seat in the polls won, with the exception of Council Front lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, who lost to independent Lai Wing-tim in Yuen Long.

Last updated: 2019-11-25 HKT 04:43