Date
23 July 2017
John Tsang (inset) has the backing of 98 percent of democrats on the Election Committee. Photo: HKEJ
John Tsang (inset) has the backing of 98 percent of democrats on the Election Committee. Photo: HKEJ

Nine in 10 democrats pledge to support Tsang

An alliance of more than 300 Election Committee members from the pan-democratic camp has announced that almost all its votes would go to former financial secretary John Tsang in the chief executive election this coming Sunday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The “Democrats 300+” said after a meeting on Monday that 98 percent of its members have pledged to support Tsang.

None of them will give their vote to former chief secretary Carrie Lam, Tsang’s key rival in the race for Hong Kong’s top job.

Alliance convenor Charles Mok, who represents the information technology sector, said its members will cast their votes based on the results of several public opinion polls and an online referendum.

The civil referendum ended on Sunday and showed most participants support Tsang as Hong Kong’s next leader, he said.

Mok said the group intends to send a strong message to Beijing’s Liaison Office which prefers one specific candidate — Carrie Lam.

Last week, the Civic Party said Tsang would get all of its 25 votes. On Monday, the Democratic Party announced that seven lawmakers among its 30 voting members will vote for Tsang and that it has suggested that the rest do the same.

Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai said the party wants to tell other members of the Election Committee that their votes should go to the candidate who is likely to win and who is capable of bringing harmony.

Lawmaker James To Kun-sun from the Democratic Party ruled out any dialogue over political reform with Lam if she gets elected after she said there is no need to relaunch it.

To said Carrie Lam’s stance does not match the democratic camp’s ideas.

Wu said retired judge Woo Kwok-hing’s platform is more consistent with the ideas of the pan-democratic camp but he added the election’s small-circle method means the vote should go to someone who can break the impasse over political reform.

Woo said he is not surprised but disappointed by the Democratic Party’s decision.

Meanwhile, electors from the subsectors of Higher Education, Information Technology and Engineering have vowed to vote for Tsang.

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