Legco election 2012

Democratic Party's Helena Wong urges overhaul of leadership role

Helena Wong Pik-wan does not think she is the ideal person to handle internal party matters. Photo: Jonathan Wong

One of the hot picks to lead the Democratic Party is calling for the chairman's role to be split into two jobs.

Helena Wong Pik-wan suggests the party creates a second leadership role to share responsibility with the chairman.

Monday, 22 October, 2012, 5:42am

CE drops appeal against High Court ruling

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at Central Government Offices in Admiralty on Monday. Photo: Sam Tsang.

The court challenge against the chief executive’s election victory ratcheted down another notch on Monday when C. Y. dropped his bid to appeal against a court ruling favouring Albert Ho.

8 Oct 2012 - 9:24pm

Legco election exit polls more accurate than in 2008

Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Popular Opinion Programme. Photo: Sam Tsang

Voters were more co-operative with exit pollsters in this month’s Legislative Council election than they were in 2008, generating more accurate results, a university pollster said on Wednesday morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

HK politics risks being a men-only club

HK politics risks being a men-only club

If women hold up half the sky, you wouldn't know it from the rotten-borough functional constituency lawmakers returned in Sunday's Legislative Council election. It's an all-male cast.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:24am

People Power and League of Social Democrats grab votes at double

Support for radical political groups the League of Social Democrats and People Power nearly doubled in the New Territories East constituency over the past few years, while votes for the Democratic Party almost halved.

15 Sep 2012 - 4:04am

Electoral system confuses voters, critics say

Re-elected legislators and academics are calling for a review of the proportional representation system, which critics say has encouraged a vocal minority and confused voters.

12 Sep 2012 - 1:56pm 1 comment

ADPL admits it got its election tactics wrong in Kowloon West stronghold

A mistaken election strategy - discounting an opponent's appeal to voters - led to the loss of a traditional stronghold seat for the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) in Sunday's election, the group conceded yesterday.

12 Sep 2012 - 2:53am

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung. Photo: Xinhua

United you stand, divided you fall. Surely the pan-democrats know that. But they subdivided themselves and fought against each other - all in the name of democracy. Do they even understand the meaning of the word? With such public anger over Leung Chun-ying's leadership - fuelled further by national education - Legislative Council seats were there to be won.

12 Sep 2012 - 3:33am 5 comments

Liberal Party lobby to retain defeated Lau as chairwoman

Miriam Lau Kin- yee speaks to the press after her defeat in the Legislative Council election in AsiaWorld-Expo at Chek Lap Kok. Photo: Edward Wong

Liberal Party honourary chairman James Tien Pei-chun says party members will lobby defeated Legislative Council candidate Miriam Lau Kin-yee to stay on as party chairwoman.

Lau said she had decided to resign after failing to win on Hong Kong Island in her first attempt to gain a directly elected seat.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:01pm

DAB fares best, taking 13 seats, thanks for vote-splitting tactic

Chan Han-pan hugs party chairman Tam Yiu-chung at AsiaWorld-Expo after winning his New Territories West seat. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Beijing-loyalist Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong was the biggest winner in the election, clinching 13 seats.

Its success in the five geographical constituencies, where it won nine seats, was a result of its strong district network and strategy of spreading votes among its candidates, party chairman Tam Yiu-chung said.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:04pm

Pan-democrats election setbacks blamed on infighting

Despite the addition of five new geographical constituency seats in the legislature, pan-democrats still managed to win one seat fewer than in the 2008 poll.

And while they won a 56.6 per cent share of the popular vote on Sunday, that translated into only 51 per cent of the directly elected seats, or 18 out of 35.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:06pm

Legco election creates stumbling block for Leung

Democrat James To Kun-sun (waving above) won the most votes - 316,468 - in the "super seat" race, to the surprise of many. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces fresh challenges after Sunday's Legislative Council election produced a more fragmented legislature and signalled the continued rise of radicals in the pan-democratic camp.

A divided Legco will make it more difficult for Leung to pursue his agenda on such controversial issues as national education, standard working hours and electoral reform.

11 Sep 2012 - 4:17pm

Legco election notebook

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.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Leung Chun-ying supporters beat the Henry Tang Ying-yen camp

Six people who backed Leung Chun-ying in the vote for chief executive won trade-based seats, including two previously held by legislators who supported Henry Tang Ying-yen in the chief executive election.

Four others were returned unopposed.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:10pm

Albert Ho quits as Democratic Party chairman over 'serious failure'

A sombre Albert Ho announces his resignation as Democratic Party chairman. He was elected to a “super seat”.  Photo: Edward Wong

The Democratic Party suffered one of its biggest defeats, retaining only six seats in the legislature - the fewest since the party was founded 18 years ago.

Albert Ho Chun-yan stepped down as chairman after admitting a "serious failure" in the campaign.

Four years ago the Democrats won eight seats: seven out of 30 geographical constituencies plus one functional constituency.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:09pm