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Opposition wins almost 90 percent of seats

2019-11-25 HKT 09:33
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  • Candidates opposed to the government have won the vast majority of the 452 District Council seats. Photo: RTHK
    Candidates opposed to the government have won the vast majority of the 452 District Council seats. Photo: RTHK
Candidates opposed to the government have won 388 of the 452 District Council seats up for grabs in Sunday's election in a stunning rejection of pro-establishment candidates, and by extension, Carrie Lam's administration.

The tally is a massive blow for the pro-establishment camp. It lost more than 240 seats compared to 2015.

By grabbing the lion's share of the votes, the parties grabbed nearly 90 percent of the seats that were contested. Last time, 68 seats were uncontested.

The result has far-reaching implications: the pro-democracy camp has wrested control of 117 seats on the Chief Executive Election Committee for the 2022 Chief Executive Election, control of all but one of the 18 district councils, as well as the district council functional constituency seat in the next Legislative Council.

Sunday's poll had seen a record number turning out to vote. Election authorities said 71 percent of the 4.1 million registered voters cast ballots – well exceeding the 47 percent that voted in the district council elections four years ago.

This came despite widespread fears of violence on polling day as many of the candidates were attacked in the run up to the poll. Police had arrested 17 candidates over the last few weeks.

Only one candidate was banned from running in this election over his political stance – Demosisto leader Joshua Wong.
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Last updated: 2019-11-25 HKT 13:50