Zimmerman may split Civic Party vote

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am


Dutch-born district councillor Paul Zimmerman may quit the Civic Party to run in the Hong Kong Island constituency - a move that could hurt the chances of his party colleagues winning two seats in the constituency, as they had hoped.

He was not willing to join the party ticket, which is expected to be lead by former party chairman Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok and incumbent lawmaker Tanya Chan.

Zimmerman said his participation in the geographical election on a separate ticket would not disrupt the party's election plans because both groups appealed to different voters.

'The current Civic Party's list is very strong and I don't think it can have a stronger list. The voters they can get, they will get,' said Zimmerman, who became a Chinese citizen yesterday to make him eligible to run. 'The overlap is limited.'

He said an alternative would be to run as a party member for one of the five 'super seats' - so called because 3.2 million people citywide will be eligible to cast ballots for them. But the party earlier rejected such a proposal. A final decision would be made by Monday, he added.

Meanwhile, in-fighting within the pro-establishment camp became evident when New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee lined up with Wan Chai district councillor David Wong Chor-fung in a bid for two seats on Hong Kong Island.

But Ip admitted that she felt 'besieged', as she no longer had the support of the Beijing-loyalist parties, which were fielding their own candidates.