The pan-democrats and the pro-establishment camp each won a seat in the by-elections for the Central and Western District Council held on Sunday.
Bonnie Ng Hoi-yan, representing the Democratic Party, clinched 1,034 votes in the Tung Wah constituency, beating her rivals, San Wui Commercial Society School principal Lui Kam-keung, an independent candidate, and former Labour Party member Olivia Lau Shu-yin, who got 909 votes and 20 votes, respectively, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the final results announced by the Electoral Affairs Commission.
As for The Peak constituency, Jeremy Young Chit-on from the pro-establishment Liberal Party, garnered 1,378 votes, beating hedge fund manager Edward Chin Chi-kin, who is also the convenor of pro-democracy concern group 2047 HK Monitor. Chin got 394 votes.
The by-elections were aimed at filling vacant seats left by two members who have been appointed as officials in the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
Joseph Chan Ho-lim of The Peak constituency was appointed undersecretary for financial services and the treasury, while Kathy Siu Ka-yi of the Tung Wah constituency was appointed political assistant to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.
Sunday’s elections were seen as a prelude to the Legislative Council by-elections scheduled for March 11 next year to replace several disqualified lawmakers.
The voter’s turnout was quite low: only 38.81 percent for the Tung Wah constituency and 33.41 percent for The Peak constituency. It was 46.28 percent for the entire Central and Western District Council in the 2015 elections.
Asked by media how she felt after her victory, Ng said she was very excited, adding that some voters chose her probably to show their discontent with Siu’s leaving before finishing her term.
Voters are very demanding nowadays as they not only consider whether candidates are industrious but also study their political ideas, Ng said.
She promised to complete her term, and said as a member of the pan-democratic camp, she will help enhance the district council’s transparency by monitoring funding appropriation processes and the members’ declaration of interests.
During the campaign, Martin Lee Chu-ming, who helped found the Democratic Party, called on voters to elect Ng, saying they needed to vote for someone who does not bow to Beijing.
James Tien Pei-chun, honorary chairman of the Liberty Party, urged Young to work hard at the council so as to get reelected in the 2019 polls.
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