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Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 18:55

DAB calls on all supporters to cast ‘highly valued’ ballots

By Li Yinze

HONG KONG - Candidates from Hong Kong's biggest political party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), gathered at Kwai Chung Plaza Wednesday and called on the city's people to cast their votes in the upcoming Legislative Council election this Sunday.

They said they are facing a very tough challenge, and hoped their supporters could turn up and help them win the election.

DAB Chairperson Starry Lee Wai-king, who is seeking re-election in the LegCo District Council (Second) functional constituency, appealed to voters to step into the polling stations and cast their “highly valued” votes.

"Only by being elected into the council can we stop filibusters and the ‘Hong Kong independence’ notion in the new legislative term,” she said.

Another "super seat" contestant, Holden Chow Ho-ding, also vice-president of the party, expressed his hoped that the party could secure two of the five “super seats” in the election. He announced DAB’s strategy in the constituency, in which it plans to divide its campaign separately among Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories.

Supporters in the New Territories are directed to Chow while the other votes in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island should go to Lee, according to Chow, adding that this is the best plan to effectively translate their support into seats in the legislature.

Incumbent lawmaker Gary Chan Hak-kan, who is trying to secure his seat in New Territories East, also voiced concerns about the overall situation. He admitted he would be a liar if he said he was confident of winning the election.

“We are facing a tough challenge ahead,” he said. “There are a total of 22 teams across the political spectrum competing in New Territories East constituency, thus the seriousness of the situation is beyond our imagination.”

Another candidate in New Territories East, Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan, said on the same occasion that Hong Kong people have become fed up with political disputes during the past few years. “Changes are needed in LegCo," she said.

Quat described the ballot papers in voters' hands as dictating city’s future. "Together we can make a difference,” Quat added.

Looking at various local opinion polls, Chan and Quat rank around second to fourth in New Territories East. Lee is tipped to be the leading candidate in the "super seat" competition while Chow faces a struggle to be elected.

Candidates running in the New Territories East constituency are: Eunice Yung Hoi-yan, Lam Cheuk-ting, Raymond Mak Ka-chun, Christine Fong Kwok-shan, Lee Tsz-king, Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan, Cheung Chiu-hung, Gary Fan Kwok-wai, Chan Hak-kan, Bowie Hau Chi-keung, Bill Tang Ka-piu, Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Leung Kwok-hung, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, Leticia Lee See-yin, Liu Tin-shing, Chin Wan-kan, Estella Chan Yuk-ngor, Leung Chung-hang, Leung Kam-shing, Andrew Cheng Kar-foo and Wong Sum-yu.

Candidates running in the District Council (Second) functional constituency are: Starry Lee Wai-king, Holden Chow Ho-ding, Wong Kwok-hing, Chan Yuen-sum, Leung Yiu-chung, James To Kun-sun, Kwong Chun-yu, Ho Kai-ming and Kwan Wing-yip.

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