HK democrats romp to local poll landslide

first_imgWinning candidate Kelvin Lam and activist Joshua Wong greet people and thank them for their support, outside of South Horizons Station, in Hong Kong, China on Nov. 25. REUTERS/LEAH MILLIS Hong Kong’s district councils controlsome spending and decide a range of livelihood issues such as transport. HONG KONG – Democrats romped to a landslideand symbolic majority in district council elections here after residents turnedout in record numbers on Sunday to vote, following six months ofanti-government protests.  Democratic candidates across the cityof 7.4-million people secured over half of the 452 district council seats forthe first time against the opposition. Pro-democracy candidates secured aclear majority by 8 a.m. (midnight GMT Sunday) with 333 of 452 seats, comparedwith 52 for the pro-establishment camp, according to media estimates. Democratsonly secured around 100 seats at the previous polls four years ago.center_img They also serve as an importantgrassroots platform to radiate political influence in the Chinese-ruled city.(Reuters) The voting ended with no majordisruptions in a day. Almost 3-million people have voted – arecord turnout of over 71 percent.last_img read more