One-vote killer for controversial rural chiefLocal | Phoenix Un 14 Mar 2019
A controversial rural leader lost to his competitor by just one vote in a tense election heavily guarded by anti-triad police.
The incumbent head of the Ping Shan Rural Committee Tsang Shu-wo, who infamously chanted that pro-independence activists should be killed, lost to Tang Che-keung, an indigenous villager representative of Hang Mei Tsuen. Elections of the 27 rural committee chairmen had been very competitive but none caused as much concern as the one held in Ping Shan yesterday.
There had been several assault instances during the campaign. Chan Man-fai, the indigenous villager representative of Fung Chi Tsuen who openly supported Tsang, had the gate of his house damaged on Saturday.
A total of 85 village heads had the right to vote. They had first to elect 23 executive committee members among 46 candidates at 10am yesterday.
After that, the village heads will elect the chairman and vice chairman of the rural committee, with the chairman becoming the Yuen Long district councilor automatically after the current term of the district council ends in November.
Tang and his team got 41 votes each, while Tsang's only got 40 votes, causing all of the executive committee seats to go to Tang's faction, effectively ruling Tsang out of the chairman election.
Tang was then elected the new chairman.
Leaving the polling station accompanied by supporters, Tang admitted it was a victory by a nose, but "a win is a win, and it's enough to win by one vote!"