Date
22 November 2017
Legislator Ip Kwok-him believes members of the general public are against the Occupy protests. Photo: HKEJ
Legislator Ip Kwok-him believes members of the general public are against the Occupy protests. Photo: HKEJ

DAB sees big loss for pan-democrats in District Council polls

Legislator Ip Kwok-him of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) said pan-democrats would face a landslide loss if District Council elections were to be held today.

Ip appeared full of confidence in the pro-establishment camp’s chances in the District Council polls at the end of the year, showing no fear of the new breed of political groups that rose from the Umbrella Movement last year, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Ip said the situation is quite different from that of 2003, when the pro-establishment camp was widely beaten by the pan-democrats. He said both economic and political issues had had a huge impact on the results of the election back then.

But since members of the general public are generally against the Occupy protests, the pro-establishment camp is sure to gain more support at the district level this time around, he said.

Lawmaker Wu Chi-wai from the Democratic Party admitted that campaigning at the district level involves trivial issues such as repairing a smoke alarm or illegal parking.

But these issues represent about 70 percent of the support one could garner from local residents, while a candidate’s political background and aspirations would only make up 30 percent, Wu said.

Ip said district council election work is a long-term effort and he would not encourage parties to field a candidate from another district.

He predicted that the DAB would secure a quarter of the District Council seats this year, adding that the party would continue to serve the people even if they did not win in the elections.

“People are very smart in telling who are serving their needs, so those who have been re-elected stand a better chance of winning this year,” Ip said.

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