Albert Ho resigns as Democratic Party chairman amid election losses
Albert Ho Chun-yan announced on Monday he was stepping down as Democratic Party chairman after admitting to “serious failures” in his party’s Legislative Council election campaign.
The Democrats only managed to win four out of 35 seats in the geographical constituencies, dropping three seats in the New Territories East and New Territories West.
Ho bowed in front of the press and expressed his “most sincere apologies”. Discussing the election result, Ho said he did not think his party had paid a price for negotiating with the central government’s liaison office or for supporting the government’s 2010 electoral package.
“I still believe the reform package we passed in 2010 served the interests of Hong Kong, and had the support of the general public,” Ho said. “But in recent months, the public has been impatient with the current administration, and maybe some of them preferred to choose people who were much more aggressive in their stances and roles, that might cause some to lose votes.”
But Ho believed this was not the main cause of the failure, and his party would meet to review the results and develop future strategies.
Ho also refused to comment on whether the Civic Party’s excess votes contributed to the Democrats’ defeats.
“I don’t want to criticise our allies, because in an election, every party has their choice and can only make their best bid to win.”
He emphasised that he was determined to step down, and it was unlikely anyone could change his mind. Vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing will be the acting chairwoman before a new chairman is elected at the end of the year.
“We need to rejuvenate the party’s image, and be more lively when we express ideas,” Ho stressed. “Our leadership right now still believes firmly that being rational and practical is the right direction forward… there is still the need to negotiate with Beijing, to achieve universal suffrage, and I think other parties should consider that too.”