Emily Lau Wai-hing elected Democratic Party chairwoman

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 7:43pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 8:13pm

Veteran politician Emily Lau Wai-hing became the first chairwoman of the Democratic Party after defeating vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai by a narrow margin in the party election on Sunday.

Emily Lau Wai-hing, acting chairwoman and also lawmaker of New Territories East, received 149 votes, deputy chairman Sin Chung-kai received 133 votes and Southern District Councillor Au Nok-hin received 14 votes.

Of the three other candidates vying for the two positions of vice-chairman, Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong received 189 votes, while Lo Kin-hei, with 173 votes, defeated Wu Chi-wai, lawmaker of Kowloon East, who received 166 votes.

Lau was one of two Democratic Party vice-chairpersons from 2008 after she quit her group The Frontier. She has been acting chairperson since 10 September this year when the party faced a critical crisis after the resignation of former chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan.

Lau was the first woman to be directly elected into Legco in 1991 and co-founded The Frontier party in 1996. She served as a legislator until 1997 and was re-elected in 1998.