Legco election notebook

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 3:11am

No love lost for Lau

What could be more traumatic than losing a Legislative Council seat one had held for 14 years? Celebrations over your defeat.

Shortly after Lau Kong-wah, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, came in sixth in the "super seats" race, a Facebook page went up in his dishonour.

The page attracted nearly 16,000 "likes" within five hours.

Some users held a party outside Lau's former district council office in Sha Tin. A photo of the party was posted on the Facebook page, along with a flood of parodies.

Another photo showed a cake with a caricature of Lau on it, and the word "loss" spelled out in chocolate.

Counting the years, if not votes

Independent candidate Peter Chan Po-fun may have finished last in the accounting sector - getting barely one-tenth of the votes - but he still wins in age and experience.

Born in 1922, he is older than all his rivals - and maybe their fathers. As such, his career started way before the 49-year-old pan-democrat winner, Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, was born.

Chan also holds unique distinctions, including losing elections seven times and receiving a medal of honour from North Korea.

It's all a numbers game

The election was a mathematical lesson in disparities. While the Democratic Party's James To Kun-sun won the most votes in the 3.2-million-vote "super seat" battle - 316,468 - losing financial services candidate Patrick Lam Tak-ming got only five votes out of 596. To's share is 63,293 times that of Lam. And even the 208 votes of Lam's rival, victor Christopher Cheung Wah-fung, pale at just 0.066 per cent of To's votes.

Pan-democrat pandemonium

Pan-democratic parties such as the Labour Party and the League of Social Democrats complained that about 200 police officers blocked their entry to the counting station at AsiaWorld-Expo.

League winner Leung Kwok-hung said he had to sign a "confidentiality agreement", which he found unfair. Electoral officials said the clash was triggered by some candidates attempting to charge in when told all seats were taken.

The government has been accused of treating allies and pan-democrats differently. You be the judge.