Nearly three million of Hong Kong’s 4.13 million registered voters have turned out in district council elections which will decide the future of the troubled territory under turmoil after almost six months of anti-government protests.
Long lines of voters snaked around voting booths in each of Hong Kong’s 18 districts on Sunday as voters rushed to cast their ballots in case booths.
The results show that the pro-democracy camp has won by a landslide, sweeping 387 seats to the pro-Beijing camp’s 59 seats at the time of writing. A record 1,104 candidates were vying for 452 seats.
Electoral affairs chief Barnabus Fung said at least 2.94 million people voted, a record turnout of more than 71 per cent that appeared to have been spurred by the unrest and police brutality.
Controversial Junius Ho, a candidate from the Pro-Beijing camp who served as an elected member of the Tuen Mun district council since 2015 and was reportedly attacked before the poll, failed to gain majority support and thus lost his seat in the district.
Jimmy Sham, LGBT rights activist and a long-time member of the League of Social Democrats, was successfully elected for his popularity after active participation in the pro-democracy movement.
On 16 October, while on the way to a CHRF meeting, Sham was attacked on the street with a hammer by four to five people in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. The attack has sparked much public anger but won more support for the candidate.
Joshua Wong was disqualified from running for a district seat after election regulators declared his candidacy in violation of the Basic Law, because Wong has previously advocated for Hong Kong’s “self-determination,” a stance Beijing has sought to cast as separatism.
The elections are seen as a test of support for the city’s pro-CCP chief executive, Carrie Lam, who has faced intense pressure from the international community as well as the CCP leadership.
Casting her ballot, Carrie Lam pledged that her government would listen “more intensively” to the views of district councils. “I hope this kind of stability and calm is not only for today’s election, but to show that everyone does not want Hong Kong to fall into a chaotic situation again,” she said.
If the pro-democracy camp gains control, it could gain six seats on Hong Kong’s semi-representative Legislative Council and 117 seats on the 1,200-member panel that selects the city’s chief executive.
Lord Alton of Liverpool of UK, a member of the independent observation group from major western countries, said at a press conference earlier today, “By and large in the generality of things, this is an extremely well-conducted election with the vase majority of people coming to vote. Nevertheless, there are some small lessons that can be learned and I think the need for an independent commission, which is an unanimous view of all of us as observers, an independent election commission, not an arm of government as the case for the moment, able then to look at irregularities or complaints.”
Many Hong Kongers are angry at what they see as CCP’s meddling in the city’s elections. While Beijing denies interfering and says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” for the autonomy of Hong Kong, residents have shared photos on social media of men allegedly from outside Hong Kong who were clustered outside various voting stations, filming voters with mobile phones throughout the day.
China’s state media have avoided mentioning the results while reporting only that “HKSAR completes sixth-term district council election; the counting of ballots has completed as of Monday noon.”
“On the election day, some rioters harassed patriotic candidates. The most pressing task for Hong Kong at present is still to bring the violence and chaos to an end and restore order,” Xinhua said, again trying to confuse the world of what is right or wrong.
“No matter how the situation in Hong Kong changes, it is very clear that Hong Kong is a part of Chinese territory,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Tokyo. “Any attempts to disrupt Hong Kong or undermine its stability and prosperity will not succeed.”
CCP killer Guo Wengui who has been monitoring the process closely tells that the CCP has mobilized all their forces in Shenzhen and Guangdong and encouraged the one million Chinese who have just gained Hong Kong residency after the handover to come out to vote. “Guangdong police has told these voters to keep their records to prove that they have voted for the pro-China camps,” said Guo.
Guo said under the governance of the CCP dictatorship, any elections shall be fake and there will never be the rule of law.
“People from the pro-establishment camp directly and openly distributed red envelopes of cash to the elderly voters on Hong Kong streets,” said Guo, “We won’t see freedoms, democracy, justice or fair votes under CCP rule. Only by eliminating the CCP can we have a new China with freedom, democracy and true elections.”
Guo said that the bad things happening in Hong Kong shall also be good news for our Expose Revolution which has let the world open its eyes to the truth of China and Hong Kong. And it is beneficial to our mission of taking down the CCP.
The significance of pro-democratic victory in the election is vital as it has sent a strong message to the world who has stood with the protesters of Hong Kong.
The CCP knows it is losing in Hong Kong as courageous Hong Kongers won’t be submissive to its threats. More than that, the CCP is going to lose big soon in the mainland as well.
Everything is just beginning.
By Cloudy Seagail