Alvin Yeung of Civic Party wins by-election

Alvin Yeung of Civic Party wins by-election

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Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu with his supporters.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu won the New Territories East by-election with 160,880 votes. The result was announced this morning at 5.24am at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre.

He narrowly beat Holden Chow Ho-ding, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, who obtained 150,329 votes.

Hong Kong Indigenous candidate Edward Leung Tin-kei lost in the same constituency - securing only 66,524 votes. He said he has achieved his goals of the election. 

"First, we hope to promote our political philosophies through the election," says Leung. "Second, we encouraged young people to take part in the politics and today we had 800 electioneering members to support me. It's also our first time to take part in the Legco election. The result today showed we have a certain amount of voters to support us."

Leung hasn't decided if he is running for the September Legco election.

Leung was followed by Sai Kung district councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan with 33,424 votes, social worker Nelson Wong Shing-chi with 17,295 votes, independent Lau Chi-sing with 2,271 votes and independent candidate Albert Leung Sze-ho with 1858 votes.

About 46.1 per cent of about 430,000 registered voters cast their ballots - down from 53.9 per cent in the 2012 Legco election.

The by-election, triggered by the resignation of Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Civic Party from his Legco seat last year.

The geographical constituency of New Territories East covers the districts of Sha Tin, Tai Po, North district and Sai Kung.

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