777 Votes for Carrie Lam, the First Female Chief Executive-elect of Hong Kong

Live reporting (Text, Pictures and Social Media Updates) by Thomas Ng, Lauren Yoon, Joy Chung, Zoe Law

 

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected by 777 out of the around 1200 election committee members, as announced by the Electoral Affairs Commission in the early afternoon today. Supporters of the candidates along with many protesters gathered outside of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), where the polling and vote counting stations were at, to show their stance in the election.

Among the 1194 election committee members, the voter turnout rate is 99.33% (1186 votes), meaning that only eight in the committee did not vote. But only 1163 votes are valid. Under the Chief Executive Ordinance (cap 569) Section 28, candidate wins by obtaining more than 600 valid votes. The Returning Officer declared that Carrie Lam’s was elected after she obtained 777 votes. John Tsang Chun-wah, the former financial secretary, gets 365 votes while Woo Kwok-hing, the retired judge, only has 21 votes.

Thousands of people had been waiting outside HKCEC even before the voting started. There were more than 1000 people at 8 a.m., most of them being supporters from different pro-establishment organisations like some mainland China provincial associations.

 

At 10:00a.m., Civil Human Rights Front kicked off their demonstration with the absence of a letter of no objection from the police, meaning that it was not an authorized assembly. Pan-democratic lawmakers, “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Lau Siu-lai, Shiu Ka-chun, and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, also took part in the demonstration. Arrived at the HKCEC, some people in the crowd and the police scuffled. After the demonstration, they gathered at Central Plaza.


“I think this is hard for Hongkongers. But still, we have to protest to fight for what we should have,” said Au Lok-hin, spokesperson of Civil Human Rights Front.

By the end of the rally, the pro-establishment organization Treasure Group arrived at Central Plaza to celebrate Lam’s winning beforehand. When the two sides met, verbal aggressions broke out.

“Of course I support Lam! She is the only capable one,” said Li Bi, spokesperson of Treasure Group, “and I don’t really care about my own vote. The so-called ‘democratic voting system’ is meaningless. Why don’t we appoint a capable one directly?” she added.


While in Sai Wan, People Power started their protest from Western Police Station to Liaison Office. They threw rolls of toilet papers into the building in order to mock Lam for being called “the CE who doesn’t know where to get toilet paper”. After the protest, they announced plan for another rally next week, which will be held jointly by People Power and Civil Human Rights Front.

“Where are Tsang’s supporters? Aren’t they standing against Carrie Lam? Why are there so few people today? If we don’t speak up, who will do so? There’s why I am here to call on everyone. If you want to fight for democracy, please come next Sunday,” said Tam Tak-chi, spokesperson of People Power.

“At this stage, we should not be reminiscing the past. It’s more important to look forward to the unity of every Hongkonger. What democratic movement does is to fight for every Hongkonger’s well-being. Disputes among different parties are no longer important. Just remember why we started,” said Leung Kwok-hung, lawmaker from the League of Social Democrats.

League of Social Democrats lawmaker, Leung Kwok-hung. Photo by Thomas Ng

“The election is making the whole picture clear: what they claimed to be democratic is true. PRC does control over Hong Kong,” said Demosisto’s lawmaker, Nathan Law Kwun-chung.

Demosisto’s lawmaker, Nathan Law Kwun-chung. Photo by Thomas Ng

Some protesters accuse Beijing for ‘appointing’ Lam and believe that the Chief Executive-elect will cause more divisions in the society. It is foreseeable that Lam needs to put more effort in uniting the society in order to facilitate her policy-making process.

Writers: Thomas Ng, Lauren Yoon, Joy Chung, Zoe Law

Editor: William, Ho Ho Wai

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