(HK elections) Localist Yau Wai-ching defeats Wong Yuk-man

Local | 5 Sep 2016 11:10 am

Four incumbents have been re-elected to the Legislative Council, while prominent radical Wong Yuk-man has lost his seat, in the first results to emerge from Sunday's polls.

The government gave out final results from the Kowloon West geographical constituency at 10:22 today morning, only to withdraw the press release 19 minutes later. 

However, the earlier press released showed that the DAB’s Ann Chiang and Priscilla Leung from the Business and Professionals Alliance breezed in as the two top vote-getters.

Leung said she's happy to receive more votes than she did in the previous election, and attributed her success to her firm position against filibustering. Leung promised to propose amendments to the council's rules of procedures to crack down on delay tactics.

In third place was newcomer Lau Siu-lai from Democracy Groundwork, who led the pro-democracy camp with more than 38,000 votes. Incumbents Claudia Mo from the Civic Party, and Helena Wong of the Democratic Party also gained enough voter support to hang on to their seats.

But in a shock result, the sixth and final spot went to 25 year-old localist Yau Wai-ching, (pictured), from the group, Youngspiration. With 20,643 votes, she edged Wong out by just 424 votes.

Wong Yuk-man was the top vote-getter in the opposition camp in 2012.

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