Hong Kong elections - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hong Kong elections


[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

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Chinese state media downplay, discredit Hong Kong elections

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily says 'social unrest... has seriously disrupted the electoral process' after pro-democracy Hong Kong candidates seize an overwhelming majority of the 452 elected seats.

Newly elected district council members, including Gary Fan (front R) and Daniel Wong Kwok-tung (front L), walk to the entrance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus where a small number of protesters remain holed up after barricading themselves at the institution over a week ago, in the Hung Hom district in Hong Kong on November 25, 2019. Hong Kong's deeply unpopular leader vowed on November 25 to "listen humbly" to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of violence. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

Hong Kong establishment crushed at polls in stark message to Beijing

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Candidates seeking to loosen control by China seized an overwhelming majority – 388 seats out of 452 – in the city's 18 district councils

HONG KONG ELECTIONS. Pro-democracy supporters celebrate after pro-Beijing candidate Junius Ho lost a seat in the district council elections in Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong, early on November 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Chinese state media urge Hong Kongers to 'vote to end violence'

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The big turnout is widely expected to benefit democratic forces

An anti-government protester uses a blanket as he walks to ambulances outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) after being barricaded inside for days, in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 20, 2019. Dozens of pro-democracy protesters remained holed up inside the besieged Hong Kong university campus for a fourth straight day on November 20 as supporters took up online calls to disrupt the city’s train network in a bid to distract police. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Protests drive record poll turnout in Hong Kong

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The selection of 452 councillors – handling community-level concerns such as bus routes and garbage collection – takes on new significance following months of political unrest

Hong Kong protests slacken ahead of closely watched poll

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Postings by pro-democracy users on the internet urge voters to go to polling stations early and for supporters 'not to jeopardize the election'

Student shot by Hong Kong police urges voter turnout

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Chow Pak-kwan says he hopes 'Hong Kong people can cast their votes to earn more democracy in a peaceful way'

'Unfair' Hong Kong election sparks fresh democracy calls

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:32 PM

It is the first leadership vote since mass pro democracy protests in 2014 failed to win political reform and comes as fears grow that China is tightening its grip on semi autonomous Hong Kong

SPIN AND WIN? A man spins a wheel to predict which candidate will win the election to become the city's chief executive, at a stall set up in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on January 27, 2017, on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday for the incoming Year of the Rooster. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong finance chief resigns, tipped for leadership race

Dec 12, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Finance secretary John Tsang has yet to confirm whether he will run for the leadership but his resignation is seen as a signal that he will enter the race

This file photo taken on September 21, 2016 shows Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah (R) gesturing as Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying writes notes during a press conference in the Central Government office in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong launches legal bid against 4 pro-democracy lawmakers

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:52 PM

It comes as concerns grow that Beijing is stepping up interference in the semi autonomous city s politics after two lawmakers advocating a complete split from China were banned from taking up their seats in parliament

The flags of China (top) and Hong Kong are seen hoisted outside the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Newly elected Hong Kong lawmaker reports 'death threats'

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Eddie Chu who is also an environmentalist says he was unable to go home because he was being stalked and the safety of his family threatened

New anti-establishment lawmaker Eddie Chu (L) arrives to make a report to the police at Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on September 8, 2016.   Chu, a Hong Kong lawmaker advocating more autonomy from China who won a seat in landmark elections last weekend said on September 8 he had received "death threats" before and since the polls as he reported them to police. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Sep 06, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Beijing: We firmly oppose any activity relating to Hong Kong independence in any form inside or outside the Legislative Council

Nathan Law (C) speaks at a rally with Jousha Wong (centre L) and supporters in Causeway bay following Nathan Law's win in the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on September 5, 2016. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Young anti-China activists victorious in Hong Kong vote

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:20 AM

UPDATED 4 of the new breed of candidates calling for more autonomy from China were confirmed to have won seats with a fifth also on course for victory

CAREFUL COUNTING. Electoral officials sort through votes cast for the Legislative Council election, at the central counting station in Hong Kong early on September 5, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Young activists take on China in key Hong Kong election

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:28 AM

3rd UPDATE While victory for the activists would be a major coup many still feel they are chasing an impossible cause

VOTING THAT WAY. A couple stands in front of a polling station sign before polls open for the parliamentary election in Hong Kong on September 4, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:11 PM

Support for the independence movement grows after 5 candidates were barred from running in the September polls

epa05504473 Avery Ng Man-yuen (C) of the League of Social Democrats marches during a rally against legislative elections screening of the candidates in Hong Kong, China, 21 August 2016. Several hundreds protesters, including some disqualified candidates for next month's the Legislative Council election, took to the streets to voice their opposition to the screening of candidates. A new election measure implemented by the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) required candidates to sign a new form saying that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China as a way to bar pro-independence candidates. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Pro-democracy candidate wins key Hong Kong election

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:28 AM

A pro democracy candidate wins a Hong Kong by election in a closely watched vote that highlighted the city s political faultlines

Alvin Yeung (C) of the established pro-democracy Civic Party walks on an overpass with his supporters as he campaigns for the New Territories East by-election in Hong Kong on February 28, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong anti-China activist stands in key vote

Feb 28, 2016 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED Edward Leung is seeking the New Territories East seat in the north of Hong Kong

Hong Kong protesters air grievances on New Year's Day

Jan 01, 2016 - 6:34 PM

They demand the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun ying saying future generations deserve a better Hong Kong

'Umbrella Soldiers' take seats in Hong Kong elections

Nov 23, 2015 - 1:35 PM

While a new generation of pro democracy campaigners unexpectedly won a handful of seats the balance of power remained largely the same

VOTE HERE. A Civil Aid Service officer standing guard outside a polling station in Tai Kok Tsui South in Yau Tsim Mong District during Hong Kong's District Council elections, Ping Shek Estate, East Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, November 22, 2015. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong goes to polls in first vote since democracy protests

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:28 AM

Last year thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding fully free elections for the city s next leader in what became known as the Umbrella Movement

FOR DEMOCRACY. Mong Kok in Hong Kong has seen clashes between police and protesters in the past few months. File Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Young Hong Kongers seek new path in democracy battle

Jun 21, 2015 - 12:39 PM

In the wake of last year s street rallies Hong Kong s youth say they identify less as Chinese and have little faith that trying to collaborate with Beijing will lead to the freedom they seek

YELLOW VS RED. A pro-democracy supporter holds a yellow umbrella outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China, June 18, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing-backed reform package

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED Pro democracy legislators unite to vote down the divisive electoral roadmap that has sparked mass protests

PROUDLY WAVING. A Chinese national flag set up by demonstrators supporting the government electoral roadmap is seen outside the city's legislature in Hong Kong on June 17, 2015. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves

Nov 01, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Laura Cha a prominent businesswoman compares Hong Kong protesters to African American slaves and asks why they cannot wait for a while to win the freedoms they are seeking

Pro-democracy protesters open their umbrellas for 87 seconds, marking the 87 rounds of tear gas that were fired by the Hong Kong police at unarmed student protesters in exactly the same location one month ago (28 October 2014). Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong police arrest 22 pro-democracy protesters

Sep 02, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The city has been plunged into political crisis after pro democracy activists vowed to take over the streets of the city s financial district following Beijing s refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage

'WE WANT DEMOCRACY' Pro-democracy protesters disrupt a speech by Li Fei, Deputy Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) of the People's Republic of China at a briefing session on constitutional development, in Hong Kong, China, 01 September 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

More than half-a-million vote in Hong Kong democracy poll

Jun 21, 2014 - 6:40 PM

Though hit by a massive cyberattack and labelled by Beijing as illegal some 514 996 residents take part in the civil referendum which asks how voters would like to choose their next leader

File photo of the Hong Kong skyline.

Ex-property consultant Leung Chun-ying wins Hong Kong election

Mar 25, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Former government adviser and property consultant Leung Chun ying won Hong Kong s leadership election on Sunday according to a live televised count from the tally room