Some losses are more painful than others

Top News | Jane Cheung 13 Mar 2018

Only five of the 12 defeated candidates will get refunds. The other seven - having failed to secure at least 3 percent of total votes cast in their respective constituencies - will forfeit their deposits.

Christine Fong Kwok-shan and Bill Tang Ka-piu of New Territories East, Edward Yiu of Kowloon West and Judy Chan Kapui of Hong Kong Island will receive refunds of HK$50,000 each.

Paul Zimmerman, who contested the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape functional constituency, will get back HK$25,000.

"Never give up" Fong won more than 60,000 votes - twice the number she received in 2016.

Although she expected to poll higher, she nevertheless described her gains as a "great leap forward."

She said it proved some voters supported her despite it being her fourth defeat in Legco polls. In September 2016, she lost to Leung Kwok-hung by 1,000 votes.

Asked if she would run in future elections, she said she would discuss it with her team.

Tang ran in the same constituency, and it was his third defeat in Legco polls. He said it showed he still had room for improvement.

Chan was in tears when thanking her campaign team and supporters.

"I think the focus shouldn't be on the winner alone," she said.

"If we look at the poll count, we only lost by a small number of 9,000 votes, and broke the pan-democracy and pro-establishment camp's vote ratio of six to four."

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