Pro-Beijing candidate wins Eastern

Local | Phoenix Un 12 Jun 2018

The pro-establishment camp won by a landslide in yesterday's Eastern District Council by-election. Its candidate, Elaine Chik Kit-ling, garnered over 900 votes more than her pan-democrat opponent Alice Ishigami Lee Fung-king.

Chik, who is affiliated to pro-establishment giants Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the Federation of Trade Unions, got a total of 2,268 votes, representing 53 percent of 4,277 valid ballots.

She fills the Kai Hiu Constituency seat held previously by Alice Lam Chui-lin of the T Party from the pro-democracy camp. She died from a stroke in December.

Ishigami managed to get only 1,302 votes, or 906 less votes than Chik.

A third candidate, Enki Tan Chun-chun, Lam's former assistant, received only 707 votes.

Chik contested the seat in the 2015 District Council poll, but Lam defeated her. Chik will hold office until December 31 next year.

DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king said Chik's victory has made the party more confident in the district council general elections next year.

Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah said that 29 complaints were filed, mainly about campaign activities and illegal display of election posters.

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