Date
26 September 2017
Veteran legislator Emily Lau vows to pursue the fight for genuine universal suffrage. Photo: HKEJ
Veteran legislator Emily Lau vows to pursue the fight for genuine universal suffrage. Photo: HKEJ

Emily Lau re-elected Democratic Party chairperson

Democratic Party legislator Emily Lau vowed to pursue the fight for genuine universal suffrage after she was re-elected the party’s chairperson on Sunday.

Lau edged Wu Chi-wai by 26 votes in the second round of the voting, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The veteran politician said she would assess the positioning of the party, having heard the party membership’s clamor for change, in order to table more policies that address the needs of the Hong Kong people.

She stressed that the Democratic Party will remain a united team.

She said the party will not back down on the political reform issue and will continue to reject the framework set by the National People’s Congress for the 2017 chief executive election.

Newly-elected vice chairperson Wan Siu-kin said the party has invested enormous resources and manpower into the Umbrella Movement, yet they were being accused of weak participation in the campaign. Wu said the party should strengthen its ties with the community.

There were four candidates to the party chairmanship. Lau, Wu, Au Nok-hin and Ng Wing-fai.

No candidate won more than half of the votes during the first round of voting, with Lau securing 158 votes.  Wu got 104, Au 33 and Ng 21. The top two candidates entered the second round of voting, with Lau winning the race with 171 votes over Wu’s 145.

Wu said he respected the results of the election and was still encouraged despite losing narrowly to Lau.

Law Kin-hei and Wan Siu-kin were elected vice chairmen with 263 and 254 votes, respectively, while Ng Wing-fai, who also ran for vice chairman, netted 80 votes.

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