Hong Kong Candidate Tony Chan Wins Seat on Second Attempt

Hong Kong’s Tony Chan, who unsuccessfully ran for Legislative Council in 2016, has secured a seat in the geographical constituency of New Territories East on his second attempt. Chan, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), garnered 48,407 votes, or 46.1% of the total votes cast in his constituency, according to the city’s Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC). His victory marks a significant gain for the pro-establishment camp, as the DAB had lost the seat to the pro-democracy camp in 2016..

Chan’s victory is seen as a reflection of the changing political landscape in Hong Kong, with the pro-establishment camp regaining some ground after suffering setbacks in recent years. The 2019 district council elections saw the pro-democracy camp win a landslide victory, while the 2020 Legislative Council elections resulted in a near-total victory for pro-Beijing candidates..

Chan’s victory is also seen as a sign of the DAB’s continued popularity in New Territories East, where the party has a strong grassroots presence. Chan, who has deep roots in the community, has been a long-time advocate for local issues and has a reputation for being responsive to the needs of his constituents..

The other candidates in the New Territories East constituency included Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the pro-democracy Civic Party, who received 28,997 votes (27.5%), and Roy Kwong Chun-yu of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU), who received 26,938 votes (25.7%)..

The LegCo election was held on December 19, 2021, with a record low voter turnout of 30.2%. The pro-establishment camp won a majority of the seats, with 40 out of 90, while the pro-democracy camp won 23 seats. The remaining 27 seats were won by independent candidates or candidates from smaller parties..

The LegCo is responsible for passing laws, approving budgets, and overseeing the work of the Hong Kong government. It is composed of 90 members, with 35 elected by geographical constituencies, 30 by functional constituencies, and 25 appointed by the Chief Executive..

Chan’s victory is expected to have a significant impact on the work of the LegCo, as it will give the pro-establishment camp a stronger voice in the legislature. It is also likely to further polarize the political landscape in Hong Kong, with the pro-democracy camp likely to become more vocal in its opposition to the government’s policies..

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