Pan-democrat candidates (left to right) Edward Yiu, Gary Fan, Au Nok-hin and Paul Zimmerman wait for the results of the Legislative Council by-election at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on March 12. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong’s pan-democrats might find their missing by-election voters among indifferent young people

John Chan says behind the low voter turnout that cost the pan-democrats dearly in Sunday’s Legislative Council by-election are young people who were too indifferent to the poll to vote

Topic |   Legislative Council by-election 2018

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Pan-democrat candidates (left to right) Edward Yiu, Gary Fan, Au Nok-hin and Paul Zimmerman wait for the results of the Legislative Council by-election at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on March 12. Photo: Sam Tsang
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John Chan

John Chan

John Chan is a founding member of the Democratic Party, and also of its predecessor, the United Democrats of Hong Kong. A keen observer of local politics, he has been a regular commentator in the local press since the late 1980s. He worked briefly as a civil servant in the colonial government before turning to law. As a solicitor, he worked extensively on the mainland during the early years of China’s economic reform, where he gained an in-depth understanding of China's political, economic and social development.