HONG KONG (Information) – Listed here are feedback from voters, politicians, activists and lecturers on Hong Kong’s district council elections, the place pro-democracy candidates romped to a landslide and symbolic majority after residents turned out to vote in file numbers on Sunday.
Voters queue to vote at a polling station throughout district council native elections in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2019. Information/Athit Perawongmetha
MA NGOK, POLITICAL SCIENTIST AT CHINESE UNIVERSITY
“It’s a convincing victory (for the democrats) … The federal government and the pro-Beijing camp have all the time claimed they’ve public help. However now … this can be a large slap within the face as a result of the general public has confirmed their actual place in file numbers.
“No person may have predicted the turnout.
“Most individuals suppose the additional a million voters got here out to ship a political message to the federal government, that they nonetheless help the protesters they usually’re dissatisfied with the federal government.”
LESTER SHUM, FORMER HK STUDENT LEADER WHO WAS ELECTED
“I consider this result’s as a result of there are lots of voters who hope to make use of this election and their vote to point out their help for the (protest) motion, and their 5 calls for, and their dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong authorities.
“That’s why so many individuals queued for one or two hours, irrespective of man or lady, younger or previous, they got here out to vote. The district council is only one crucial path of wrestle. In future, we should discover different paths of wrestle to maintain combating.”
ANDREW CHIU, WINNING DEMOCRAT
“Beneath the present political setting, a district council election that has come near a common suffrage scenario clearly displays individuals’s views and political leanings.”
TED HUI, DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKER WHO WAS RE-ELECTED
“I see this election as a part of the anti-extradition motion,” stated Hui, referring to a now-scrapped invoice that will have allowed individuals to be extradited to mainland China for trial. “At the moment is barely a small win within the … motion. I need to dedicate all the hassle and glory to the frontliners and everybody who has participated within the motion.”
PRO-BEIJING HEAVYWEIGHT JUNIUS HO, WHO LOST TO DEMOCRATS
“That is an distinctive yr, distinctive election and weird outcome,” Ho stated on his Fb web page.
JIMMY SHAM OF CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS FRONT, WHO WON HIS SEAT
“We’ve to be leaders of the neighborhood that listens to individuals’s voices and opinions. We even have to resolve the neighborhood drawback and carry out higher than the pro-establishment camp.”
DEMOCRACY CANDIDATE LEUNG KWOK-HUNG, ALSO KNOWN AS “LONG HAIR”, WHO LOST
“I allow you to all down at the moment … however Hong Kong individuals will proceed to battle. I hope everybody will give a giant applause to the historical past we have now created at the moment.
“Many of the pro-establishment lawmakers have misplaced on this district council election. It reveals the federal government at the moment has zero acceptance … I urge Carrie Lam to answer individuals’s calls for … If I used to be her, I might put together a resignation now.”
ANDREW LI, 22, A STUDENT WHO SUPPORTS JIMMY SHAM
“I believe the efficiency of the pro-democracy camp will ship an indicator to Beijing. By ignoring individuals’s calls for, it wakes up all Hong Kong individuals to come back out and vote.
“It’s only a begin to battle again this tyranny. We always remember how many individuals had been sacrificed on this motion, starting from these arrested to injured.”
HORACE CHEUNG, A PRO-BEIJING LAWMAKER WHO LOST
“Our loss isn’t due to our work within the native districts, it’s due to the political sentiment … I’ve 500 extra votes this time (than 4 years in the past), however the excessive turnout makes me fail. That’s the truth.”
ALICE MAK, PRO-ESTABLISHMENT LAWMAKER, WHO LOST
“At the moment’s result’s the voters’ choice. We respect it. However, what we actually need is that we lastly discover peace … We don’t need to mess up Hong Kong once more.”
IVAN CHOY, SENIOR LECTURER ON ELECTORAL POLITICS AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
“Most individuals have already thought of it’s a referendum. We see that the pro-democracy camp mobilized individuals based mostly on ‘police brutality’ and ‘dangerous governance’, whereas the pro-establishment camp views this election as ‘saying no to violence’.
“As it’s thought of as a referendum, the turnout charge is a file excessive and the democratic camp scores a landslide victory – that has by no means occurred in historical past. These two indicators are of utmost significance. It should let the worldwide society be witness. Their help to Hong Kong democracy could also be additional assured, which embarrasses Beijing.
“The subsequent transfer of the Hong Kong scenario will probably be decided by responses from the Hong Kong authorities and Beijing after this election.”
Reporting by Felix Tam, Clare Jim and James Pomfret; Compiled by Anne Marie Roantree; Enhancing by Paul Tait