Legco elections 2012

The 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election will be held on 9 September 2012 for the 5th Legislative Council since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 

20 councillors helped Tse win Legco seat

Beijing loyalists helped Tse win a Legco seat. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It is almost an open secret in political circles that independent lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun won election to Legco in September with the blessing of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 4:40am

Legco candidate spent HK$5 million on election - and lost

Lau Kong-wah lost despite spending HK$4.9 million

Spending a lot of money will not always guarantee victory in Legislative Council election.

During the election in September, one candidate spent as little as HK$35,000 and won a seat, while another spent almost HK$5 million and won nothing, figures released yesterday show.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

Hong Kong doesn't need democracy lite

The debate on Hong Kong's core values barely got under way during the Legco election.

Observers of the Legislative Council election earlier this month would have been disappointed if they had looked for a "game-changing" debate between the candidates from the pan-democrat and pro-establishment camps, in the mould of the Nixon-Kennedy duel in the first televised US presidential debate in 1960, or the leaders' debate between then British prime minister Gordon Brown and his challen

30 Sep 2012 - 5:20am 5 comments

Legco voting system needs reviewing

The saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" appears to be the guiding principle in our Legco elections. Since 1998, the proportional representation voting system has been hailed as a better formula to achieve fairer representation based on a party's share of votes. But the recent electoral results have once again proved this may not be the case.

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

Pan-democrats must own up to mistakes behind election losses

Civic Party defends its election strategy despite having weakened the power of the pan-democrats in the legislature.

Following the Legislative Council election, I wrote a commentary evaluating the outcome, calling it a manipulated affair.

23 Sep 2012 - 8:03am

Chan Yuen-han returns to Legco determined to better lives of workers

Illustration: Henry Wong

At an age when many people are retiring, the labour rights advocate Chan Yuen-han is preparing to put in long hours in the Legislative Council for the next four years so workers can enjoy a shorter working week.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

With election dust settled, eyes turn towards Beijing

The election is over and the results are in. But who really won, the pan-democrats or the pro-establishment camp? The answer is not clear.

The performance of the leading party in each block illustrates the puzzle.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Now, crunch the numbers for electoral reform

Former US president Bill Clinton said in his speech to the Democratic convention nominating Barack Obama for re-election that he always gave a one-word answer when people asked how he had managed to balance the budget during his own second term: arithmetic.

17 Sep 2012 - 1:29am

Leung Chun-ying wrong on national education, unionist says

Chan Yuen-han made a Legco comeback. Photo: Edward Wong

Newly elected Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) legislator Chan Yuen-han yesterday accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of misjudging the row over national education lessons.

The veteran politician said Leung had mistakenly linked protests against the curriculum to the Legislative Council election and criticised him for overlooking the protesters' concerns.

16 Sep 2012 - 3:00am

Legco election strategies hurt democracy cause

The Civic Party decided to repeat its strategy of four years ago, placing candidates with stronger popular appeal in second place on electoral tickets.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?" Voters face this question in every "first past the post" election. But in a system of proportional representation, where every faction can have a voice, political parties have figured out that a winner does not need to be the fairest.

16 Sep 2012 - 3:24am 3 comments

Minorities of all stripes must have a voice

Raymond Chan Chi-Chuen

Bravo, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen! For the first time, we have a directly elected lawmaker who is openly gay. That took courage in conservative Hong Kong. Mind you, he didn't run on a gay and lesbian platform, despite the minority becoming increasingly vocal and politically organised; Chan said it was purely "a private matter".

14 Sep 2012 - 2:35am 2 comments

National education climbdown wins no friends

A day before the Legislative Council election, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made an awkward climbdown on national education. Surrounded for days by tens of thousands of demonstrators and several hunger strikers vowing to oppose the national education curriculum he inherited from his predecessor, naturally officials were worried that the situation might get out of hand.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:20am 2 comments

Hong Kong's politics of change

Hong Kong's politics of change

Legislative Council elections are not expected to bring about significant alterations in the balance of power. This time, the pro-establishment groups roughly retained their share of seats despite much dissatisfaction with the performance of the government and rising resentment against increasing intervention from Beijing.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:14pm

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On the Legco election results:

Jose Allan Tan - Not a very good sign to have an increased presence among radical democrats.

Chu Fu-min - Don't let a noisy radical minority dictate policy for the moderate majority!

12 Sep 2012 - 12:26am 1 comment

New-look Legco bodes ill for government

New-look Legco bodes ill for government

It may be easy to conclude from the outcome of the Legislative Council election that the pro-establishment forces have been strengthened.

12 Sep 2012 - 2:03am 1 comment