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Activists protest poll result

Residents reject tarnished candidates in SAR's leadership election

Activists protest poll result
A woman casts her 'vote' in the mock election

March 26, 2012

Democracy supporters are calling for “one person, one vote” to choose their chief executive via different methods after the SAR's next leader was elected yesterday.

Leung Chun-ying, 57, beat two other candidates to become the next chief executive of the territory after securing 689 votes from a 1,200-member committee of business leaders and politicians, who are mostly Beijing loyalists.

However, many democracy supporters doubt Leung’s legitimacy. In one poll, 54.6 percent of 222,990 participants rejected all three candidates in a mock election organized by Hong Kong University on March 23-24.

Outside the waterfront convention center where the election was held, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gathered, waving banners and chanting slogans calling for “one person, one vote.”

They also protested against Beijing intervening in Hong Kong’s autonomy by lobbying election committee members behind the scenes to cast their votes for Leung. He will succeed Donald Tsang, who was ineligible to stand again after two terms as chief executive.

The Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, has promised universal suffrage for 2017, when Leung’s five-year term ends, but no plan has yet been laid out.



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