Pro-Beijing parties set to dominate council seats
Beijing loyalists are likely to take most of the seats in the two district council subsectors of the panel that will choose the next chief executive as pan-democrats show little interest in that Election Committee grouping.
The government-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said it will field 52 candidates in the subsectors.
The 412 district councillors elected on November 6 will be able to choose 121 representatives in the two subsectors for the 1,200-strong panel, which will be decided in an election on December 11. The panel will then choose the next chief executive in 2012. One of the subsectors is for Hong Kong and Kowloon councillors, the other New Territories.
Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said his party would field fewer than 10 candidates for the two subsectors because the electoral system undermined their chance of winning. The 121 representatives will be chosen by a block vote allowing the party with the most district councillors to win most or all of the seats on offer. The one-week nomination period for the district council subsectors began yesterday.
The pro-government DAB and Federation of Trade Unions had a landslide win in the district council polls this month, taking 147 seats while the pan-democrats won 83. Tam Yiu-chung of the DAB said it will field 52 candidates in the subsectors.
FTU lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin and Heung Yee Kuk chief Lau Wong-fat said they had yet to decide how many candidates they would put forward for the subsector seats.
The Registration and Electoral Office said that, excluding the district council and religious subsectors, it had received valid nominations for 1,446 candidates. Some 1,169 were in 22 contested subsectors while 277 would be returned unopposed. Eleven subsectors will not be put to vote.