Electoral Affairs Commission chairman and High Court judge Barnabas Fung Wah demonstrates the voting procedure at a mock polling station at Leighton Hill Community Hall, in Happy Valley, on Tuesday. Photo: May Tse
Bernard Chan
Opinion

Opinion

Bernard Chan

Hong Kong’s government also wants district council elections that are fair, peaceful and productive

  • Despite rumours, officials want the elections to go ahead – even if it means big losses for pro-government candidates – not least because postponing them would be a PR disaster
  • But protesters must stand down to ensure everyone feels safe to vote

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Electoral Affairs Commission chairman and High Court judge Barnabas Fung Wah demonstrates the voting procedure at a mock polling station at Leighton Hill Community Hall, in Happy Valley, on Tuesday. Photo: May Tse
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A polling station for district council polls in Hong Kong in 2015. Photo: EPA

Why Beijing wants Hong Kong’s district council elections to take place despite expected drubbing for pro-establishment camp

  • Analyst says central government is concerned that if polls cannot proceed, this would ‘create a bigger mess in the next few years’
  • Source says election officers allowed to claim up to HK$800 for hotel stays on night before polls to ensure they get to stations on time
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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A polling station for district council polls in Hong Kong in 2015. Photo: EPA
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