Veteran politician and democracy advocate Frederick Fung Kin-kee, one of the five candidates in the coming Legislative Council by-election for the Kowloon West geographical constituency, said he stands a very good chance of winning the race, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
And the results of a recent survey showed that the possibility does exist.
Fung, former chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, will compete with former lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who was picked to represent the pan-democratic camp after the top choice, ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai, was disqualified; former Food and Health Bureau political assistant Chan Hoi-yan; and two independent contenders, Ng Dick-hay and Judy Tzeng Li-wen.
A poll commissioned by Apple Daily and conducted between Nov. 1 and 19 by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong (HKUPOP) showed that only 65.4 percent of those who voted for Dr. Edward Yiu Chung-yim in the Legco by-election in March plan to vote for Lee this time, while another 11.8 percent said they will vote for Fung.
Edward Yiu, like Lee, represented the pan-democratic camp in the by-election for a Legco’s Kowloon West seat on March 11 but ended up losing his bid to Vincent Cheng Wing-shun of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.
The poll also found that only 67.8 percent of those who voted for Vincent Cheng Wing-shun in the March by-election will give their votes to Chan, who represents the pro-establishment camp like Cheng did, while another 9.2 percent decided to support Fung.
Of the 500 respondents qualified to vote in Sunday’s by-election, 23 percent admitted they have not made up their mind as to who they will support.
The results suggested that Fung, who decided to run after criticizing the pan-democratic camp for hand-picking its candidate without going through a democratic process, is likely to gain votes from the two opposite camps.
Fung told media that he is now an independent democrat and he is confident that those who support his stance will vote for him.
While dismissing criticism that he has been trying to “snatch” votes from both the pan-democratic and pro-establishment camps, the former lawmaker told his critics to ask themselves why they cannot seem to keep their supporters as they used to.
Meanwhile, another poll conducted by the Hong Kong Research Association showed Chan is leading the race.
Based on interviews with 1,074 qualified voters from Nov. 6 to 21, Chan’s support rate was 26 percent, compared to 24 percent for Lee and 11 percent for Fung, the poll said.
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