Date
23 January 2018
Executive Council convenor Bernard Chan scooped 1,693 votes, more than any of the other 48 candidates, while former DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung (inset) is among the 11 first-timers who got elected. Photo: HKCNA/HKEJ
Executive Council convenor Bernard Chan scooped 1,693 votes, more than any of the other 48 candidates, while former DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung (inset) is among the 11 first-timers who got elected. Photo: HKCNA/HKEJ

NPC deputies election: 25 re-elected, 11 first-timers win

Twenty-five incumbent Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress (NPC) got re-elected after the 1,989-member electoral college cast their votes on Tuesday, while 11 candidates were elected for the first time, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The winners in the anonymous and block voting, including five women, will become members of the 13th NPC, which is scheduled to convene in Beijing in March next year. They have a five-year term.

Executive Council convenor Bernard Charnwut Chan bagged 1,693 votes, more than any of the other 48 candidates.

Pro-Beijing legislator and Executive Council member Martin Liao Cheung-kong, who received the most votes in the NPC deputies election in 2012, fell to 14th place while most re-elected incumbents saw their votes increase.

Cheung Ming-man, known as a patriotic singer, was the sole incumbent who failed to get re-elected. He only garnered 552 votes.

The first-time winners include Tam Yiu-chung, a sitting member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body, and former chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong; former Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen; and Cally Kwong Mei-wan, singer and first runner-up in the 1982 Miss Hong Kong Pageant.

Rumors have it that Tam, who received fewer votes than expected, is poised to become a member of the NPC Standing Committee. But Tam told reporters there will be no decision on the matter until the NPC meeting in March.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Election Committee member Dr. Roger Wong Hoi-fung, one of the two from the pan-democratic camp who ran in the election, received only 155 votes and lost his bid to become an NPC deputy for the first time.

Nick Chan Hiu-fung, a lawyer from the Liberty Party, came in 37th place and was put on the standby list. This means that his party will not have a representative in the next NPC, although Chan is said to be on Beijing’s “blessing list” of candidates that it wanted to win.

Businessman “Dream Bear” Lew Mon-hung, who had served an 18-month jail sentence for perverting the course of justice, failed in his bid after getting only 257 votes.

In his speech after the results were announced, NPC Standing Committee vice chairman and secretary-general Wang Chen called the election open, fair and just, and urging the newly elected deputies to fully support the chief executive and the government for the joint development of Hong Kong and the motherland.

Professor Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies, said he expects the Hong Kong deputies to be more involved in local politics.

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