Results come in for Hong Kong's pro-democracy primary for upcoming Legislative Council election

  • Carrie Lam warns the election could be illegal under the new National Security law
  • Joshua Wong and Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front come out on top after preliminary elections
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People queue up to vote at a polling station outside Tai Po Plaza in Tai Po for day two of democratic parties' primary election to select candidates for the upcoming Legislative Council elections. Photo: SCMP / Felix Wong

The preliminary results of the opposition camp’s primary elections, in which more than 610,000 people voted over the weekend, have been announced. 

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung was the top candidate in Kowloon East, while two of the localists he endorsed – former journalist Gwyneth Ho Kwai-lam and incumbent lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick – came first in New Territories East and New Territories West, respectively.

Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, and activist Sunny Cheung Kwan-yang took the first two places in Kowloon West.

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District councillor Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, the candidate endorsed by activist Nathan Law Chung-chung – who withdrew from the election and has since left Hong Kong for Britain – came second in Hong Kong Island after Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung.

The city's leader warned any planned action to paralyse policymaking was potentially subversive.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor issued a strong warning to the candidates and organisers of the primary on Monday night, saying it was subversive for them to vow to seize control of the legislature and vote down key government proposals.

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“If this so-called primary election’s purpose is to achieve the ultimate goal of delivering what they called ‘35-plus’ [lawmakers], with the objective of objecting or resisting every policy initiative of the HKSAR government, it may fall into the category of subverting the state power – one of the four types of offences under the national security law,” she said.

Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong also called the elections illegal and a potential breach of the new law.