People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012. People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012.
People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012.
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why China’s first modern elections were doomed from the start

As Legco elections get under way in Hong Kong, where low turnout is a perennial problem, we look at how China’s 1912 national-level elections were marred by bribery and vote rigging

People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012. People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012.
People queue outside a polling station to vote during Legislative Council elections in Tseung Kwan O, in 2012.
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.