Pro Beijing candidates gain in Hong Kong elections


Candidates standing for pro Beijing parties made significant gains yesterday in local elections.

With 839 candidates standing for 336 available seats, the pro Beijing parties took 146 seats of the total of 412 seats against their pro democracy counterparts who won just 54 seats. 76 candidates were returned unopposed. Turnout was 38% from the 2.9 million voters.

The result is significant because elections are expected next year for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, its parliament. Currently pro Beijing parties hold 37 of the 60 seats in the council.

Next year the number of seats will be increased by 10. Half of the Legislative Council is elected by universal suffrage and half by elections from Functional Constituencies which are, in effect, trade associations involved in key professional and business areas.

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