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Elections in Hong Kong

Political realities

The election of Leung Chun-ying as Hong Kong's third chief executive showed that Beijing could - and should - have left the decision to the people of Hong Kong. Ultimately, the official results proved of marginal interest.

Monday, 2 April, 2012, 12:00am

Leung close to knock-out win for top post

The man poised to become Hong Kong's next leader, Leung Chun-ying, edged closer last night to clinching the 601 election committee votes he needs today to become the city's third chief executive, after a tense final 24 hours of campaigning.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Majority cast blank votes in people's poll for chief

The people have spoken - and in surprising numbers. And their verdict on the three candidates to lead Hong Kong for the next five years is unequivocal - a whopping 54.6 per cent cast blank votes in a mock election.

By the end yesterday of the two-day exercise, some 222,990 Hongkongers had cast their ballots.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Premier's chief executive comments are 'clarified'

A leading member of Hong Kong's Beijing-loyalist camp sought yesterday to clarify Premier Wen Jiabao's comments on the chief executive election, saying they had been misinterpreted.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Election Committee waits for orders that may never come

Anyone who has spent time with small children will know that they can be unruly and downright naughty, yet they really want someone in authority to tell them what to do. In the absence of this authority, they will misbehave mercilessly.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

As the chief executive election approaches, opinion polls have gauged the public's sentiment about who they support. But the real voters on March 25 are the 1,194 members of the Election Committee. That's why we have turned to them for our second debate.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Shameful farce' spurs Regina Ip to run

Lawmaker and former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee last night announced her intention to run for chief executive - a race she said had turned into a 'shameful farce' - despite admitting she had yet to secure the necessary number of nominations.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HKU wants you to have a say on next leader

People will get a chance to indicate their choice for Hong Kong's next chief executive in a simulated ballot if the University of Hong Kong can raise at least HK$500,000 to conduct the exercise.

Veteran pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, head of the university's public opinion programme, said they would decide in two weeks whether to go ahead with the vote.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats slug it out for a shot at top job

Pan-democrat contenders vying for the right to stand in the small-circle election to choose Hong Kong's next leader held their first televised debate last night, with both vowing to give a voice to those excluded from the process.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Public to get a vote on chief executive

Hongkongers may have the opportunity to show their preference for the city's next chief executive under a simulated vote.

Veteran pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, head of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme, plans to hold a citywide vote two days before the Election Committee's 1,200 members choose Hong Kong's next, Beijing-approved leader.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am