Legislative Council elections 2016

Path to victory: Hong Kong voting strongholds of the election winners

Revealed: the polling stations where lawmakers made their mark

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 9:29pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 11:29pm

Analysis of where the winners in the Legislative Council elections on Sunday enjoyed their strongest support makes for interesting reading.

‘King of votes’ shakes up rural gentry

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, the “king of votes” in the Legislative Council elections with 84,121, made headlines by declaring war on the rural gentry. One might have thought that few villagers would like the activist, but the data tell another story. Of all the polling stations in his constituency, New Territories West, Pat Heung Central Primary School was the biggest source of his support, giving him 1,256 votes, 24 per cent of votes cast there. Small wonder, because Pat Heung is where Chu is based and lives since the villagers he helped in the fight against the cross-border railway project, which razed their homes, were relocated.

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Chu’s campaign for open-air markets in Tung Chung before the elections also helped him. Two polling stations in the new town, which serve both public and private housing estates, were among the top 10 stations for him, handing him 2,067 votes altogether. Chu has encouraged residents there to set up their own markets to resist the “monopoly” of Link Reit, which charges mall tenants high rents.

‘Queen of votes’ on Peak form

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee turns out to be the favourite among the city’s richest bunch. At the polling station at German Swiss International School’s Peak campus, the former security chief scored 210 votes, out of 694 votes cast there. Second was the Democratic Party’s Ted Hui Chi-fung, who bagged 90 votes, followed by Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong with 83.

And while one would have thought Taikoo Shing was a pan-democratic stronghold – a polling station there had to extend its opening hours past midnight on Sunday as 1,000 people were still queueing to vote – data showed otherwise. Ip again topped the chart there with 963 votes, just 10 ahead of Hui. Third with 858 was Occupy Central student leader Nathan Law Kwun-chung.

Disciplined forces back Beijing loyalists

A large number of votes from members of the disciplined forces in Kowloon East – a hub of staff living quarters – flooded to Beijing loyalists after unions called on members to vote for candidates who backed government work.

But they did not just vote for Wong Kwok-kin of the Federation of Trade Unions, as recommended by an immigration staff union.

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Pro-Beijing lawyer Paul Tse Wai-chun and Wilson Or Chong-shing of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong secured large numbers of votes in polling stations in Wong Tai Sin, Ngau Chi Wan, Shun Lee, Sau Mau Ping and Yau Tong, where the quarters are concentrated. The trio were all elected.

Tse came out top with 1,907 votes in the polling station near to Shun Lee Disciplined Services Quarters, one of the biggest in Hong Kong. That was four times the support given to Wong there.

Or ranked top in Yau Tong Community Hall polling station with 1,852 votes, while Wong led the pack in Wong Tai Sin Community Centre with 1,214 votes.