/ 21 December 2021

Hong Kong election’s surprise result

Image source: Reuters
Image source: Reuters

Lol got you with a bit of gallows humour… There was little opportunity for anyone other than pro-China candidates to win the territory’s Legislative Council election held on Sunday – the first held since Hong Kong’s electoral system was changed, allowing Beijing to vet every candidate. The results are in, and China-friendly candidates claimed all but one of the seats in the 90-person legislature. The outlier is Tik Chi-yuen, and while he’s not like the others, he has criticised pro-democracy advocates for their “continuing confrontation and challenging [China’s] red lines”. The election was not well supported by Hongkongers, with 30.2% of eligible voters casting a ballot – the lowest turnout in the territory’s history. “People do not want to vote for a rubber-stamp chamber and pretend everything is all right,” tweeted Nathan Law, a former LegCo member who now lives in the UK. Last night, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and her counterparts from the US, UK, Canada and Kiwiland issued a joint statement expressing their “grave concern” over the erosion of Hong Kong’s democracy.

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