(HK elections) Five pan-dems suspend campaigns

Local | 2 Sep 2016 10:52 pm

Five pro-democracy candidates for Sunday’s Legislative Council elections effectively pulled out of the race today, urging supporters to vote for their allies instead, to boost the pan-democratic camp’s chances of success.

Their announcements came just hours after a University of Hong Kong rolling election poll found the opposition camp would likely fall short of winning a majority of the directly-elected seats.

In the geographical constituencies, the Labour Party's Suzanne Wu announced she was suspending her campaign for a Kowloon East seat. On Hong Kong Island, two independent candidates, Paul Zimmerman and Andy Chui, also called on supporters to vote for other democrats.

In the so-called city-wide "superseats” race, the Civic Party's Sumly Chan said he was quitting, while Kalvin Ho from the ADPL said he was ending his campaign because of the current political landscape. 

Zimmerman said the latest polling figures suggested his chances of being elected were low, and called on his supporters to "vote smart". 

He said the next Legco term would be very important, and people should vote for democrats who "are almost in" to increase their overall number in the council.

Political commentator James Sung from City University said the five candidates were probably having difficulties in securing enough support and it was a tactical move to urge their backers and volunteers to rally around pro-democracy allies with just two days to go before the election. 

Last week, Liberal Party candidate Ken Chow also suspended his campaign, saying he had received threats. 

The names of all six candidates who have thrown in the towel will still appear on ballot papers as election rules mean they cannot actually withdraw from the polls.-RTHK

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