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Sunday, September 4, 2016, 19:06

Candidates go into high gear as vote enters final hours

By Li Yinze

Candidates go into high gear as vote enters final hours
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee of the New People’s Party shakes hands with a supporter in Quarry Bay on Sept 4, 2016. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

HONG KONG - The Legislative Council election is in its final hours, with voters continuing to head to the polls to choose 70 elected representatives who will help chart the city’s course for the next four years.

The day has been spent with frantic efforts by candidates to get out the vote since polls opened at 7:30 am this morning. Voter turnout has been brisk with several polling stations reporting voters having to line up to cast their ballots.

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee of the New People’s Party turned up at the Tai Koo polling station in early afternoon. She is running in the Hong Kong Island district election. She told supporters that the LegCo has wasted too much public money dealing with filibusters by opposition lawmakers, and that it is time for a change.

"The city has to win back its future," she stressed, "I have been serving Hong Kong for more than 40 years, I deserve your trust."

She promised to strive for greater upward mobility for local young people if being re-elected into the Council.

Candidates from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) gathered at Chai Wan Sunday afternoon to muster voter support.

Stanley Ng Chau-pei campaigned for lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung, Kwok is the first on the HKFTU’s candidate list for Hong Kong Island constituency. Ng is the second name on the same ticket. Ng said the team is making “emergency appeals” to get out the vote.

"This election is becoming critical for us,” Ng explained, “it is untrue that we have secured enough votes. We still need more.”

He was critical of delays involving major bills related to quality of life issues and infrastructure projects which he said have been caused by opposition filibusters. He said the legislative logjam is a threat to Hong Kong’s future.

"We unionists, as a key source of stability for the city, would spare no efforts in ending the meaningless filibusters in the council if elected,” he said.

A young voter surname Lee said today marked her first opportunity to vote.

Considering voting a right as well as a duty, Lee said she took this opportunity seriously, especially at a time when social conflicts are getting deeper in the city.

Candidates in the Hong Kong Island are Kwok Wai-keung, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan, Hui Chi-fung, Ricky Wong Wai-kay, Tanya Chan Suk-chong, Gary Wong Chi-him, Shum Chee-chiu, Paul Zimmerman, Law Kwun-chung, Cheng Kam-mun, Christopher Lau Gar-hung, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Chui Chi-kin and Chim Pui-chung.
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