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Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 01:18

Ip hopes DAB could win 13 seats

By Joseph Li

HONG KONG - Ip Kwok-him, an outgoing lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), hopes his party will win 13 seats in the upcoming legislative election, to maintain the same number of seats and its status as the biggest political party in the legislature.

The DAB will field 12 teams in the 2016 Legislative Council election to be held on Sept 4.

He knows this is no easy task. If it happens, it will be a very great victory.

For the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency, only six seats will be returned compared with seven seats in 2012. The DAB and the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) will each field a two-man ticket to compete in this constituency.

Without directly commenting on the chance of the HKFTU ticket, Ip hopes both DAB candidates will win.

“I hope we can maintain two seats in the Hong Kong Island constituency. We also want to win two seats (only one in 2012) in the ‘super seat’ contest.

“Yet we will lose one seat in the New Territories West geographical constituency because we will only field two teams this time (three teams in 2012).

“If the plans come true, we will have 13 seats in the Legislative Council - the same number as 2012. To us, it will be a very big victory in this political climate,” he said.

As for the “super seats”, or District Council (Second) functional constituency, he says it is possible for the pro-establishment camp to win three of the five seats. While the two DAB candidates are relatively safe, the HKFTU candidate may also have a chance.

“The ‘pan-democratic’ camp is fielding too many teams/candidates to contest for ‘super seats’ and they are anything but hurting each other’s chance. In particular, some of their candidates are not well known.

“If the opposition candidates slash each other’s votes, it is possible that the pro-establishment camp will win three seats,” he predicted.

If the votes of the two DAB candidates were more evenly distributed in 2012, the party could have won two seats then and the pro-establishment camp as a whole could have won three seats, he said.

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