Group calls on Hongkongers to vote in mock chief executive poll, setting up more booths to boost low turnout numbers

Only 42,000 votes received so far, well below organiser’s target of 1 million

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 1:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 1:54pm

The organiser behind a mock vote to choose Hong Kong’s next chief executive will set up 50 street booths and three physical polling stations from Friday to Sunday to boost the lower-than-expected turnout.

A leader of Citizens United in Action, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, attributed the low numbers to some people’s belief that the mock vote was useless.

Organisers of mock poll to pick Hong Kong leader hope one million take part

But the Occupy Central co-founder stressed that the results would have an effect on Election Committee members and would put pressure on the winner of the race, if millions had voted against the candidate in the mock poll.

The public will be asked to pick “support, oppose or abstain” for each candidate: former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, former chief secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing.

So far, the turnout rate for the online poll is 42,000, far behind the target of 1 million.

“It’s the last chance. Please come out to vote,” Tai said.

The poll will close by Sunday night.