Deposit forfeitures nearly double

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, 12:00am

The number of candidates or lists of candidates forfeiting their election deposits almost doubled from the 2004 election.

A total of 17 individual candidates or teams - 15 from the geographical constituencies and two from the functional constituencies - lost their election deposits this year because they won less than 3 per cent of the valid votes cast in their constituencies. Twelve of them won less than 1 per cent of the votes cast.

In 2004, nine candidates or lists of candidates lost their deposits.

Lau Yuk-shing's list in Kowloon West won the smallest share of votes cast this year, with just 0.14 per cent. His team got 290 of the 206,583 valid votes cast in the district.

Although it was the third time Mr Lau had lost his deposit, he said he would still run in the next election.

'I expected that. Enjoying the process is more important,' he said in Putonghua. 'I'm not disappointed.'

New Territories West candidate Chow Ping-tim, who netted the lowest percentage of votes of all candidates in 2004, lost his deposit again this year when he got just 1,720 votes, or 0.43 per cent of those cast.

The deposit was HK$50,000 for candidates in geographical constituencies and HK$25,000 for functional constituency candidates.

The two functional constituency candidates to forfeit their deposits were accountancy candidate Francis Yim Ting-wai and architectural, surveying and planning candidate David Chan Tsan-fai.

Apart from the candidates in uncontested races, Miriam Lau Kin-yee had the highest vote share, with 94.23 per cent. Ms Lau received 147 valid votes in the transport functional constituency to defeat her only rival, Tam Chi-wah, who had nine supporters.



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