Pro-Beijing candidates have claimed a sweeping win in overhauled Legislative Council (LegCo) elections for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Monday despite record low turnout.
A total of 153 candidates vied for 90 seats. Almost all seats were taken by pro-Beijing and pro-establishment patriots, some of whom cheered at the vote counting center and chanted ‘guaranteed win’.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that the low turnout doesn’t mean the support-cut from citizens.
“With 1.35 million coming out to vote, it cannot be said that it was not an election that did not get a lot of support from citizens,” Lam asserted
The elections were denounced as “undemocratic” by some western governments who had no role in them.
In separate statements, the G7 group and other western powers such as the US and the UK expressed “grave concern” over the Hong Kong’s changed electoral system.