The pro-democracy camp has seen a landslide in at least six sectors of Sunday’s Chief Executive Election Committee poll, and expects to win at least 325 seats in the 1,200-seat committee. The camp has won all seats in six professional sectors: social welfare, IT, health services, legal, education and higher education. The camp also gained almost all seats in the accountancy sector and the architectural sectors. In the medical sector, 85 people were running for 30 seats. The pro-democracy camp sent 19 candidates and all of them won. The camp also made some breakthroughs in sectors such as Chinese medicine, with three wins out of the 30 seats.
Many of the winners belong to a list of 352 candidates from the election alliance Democracy 300+, which initially was formed to gain seats to stop sitting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying from getting re-elected and to call for a change of election system to achieve genuine universal suffrage.
Leung declared last Friday he would not run for re-election citing family reasons, but the move did not stop the camp from getting the highly anticipated result of more than 300 seats. The camp only held 210 seats in the last election for the committee in 2011.
Lawmakers who pushed forward the alliance cheered the results.