Below is the latest digest from our political commentator ‘Tony Wong’. Hong Wrong publishes a selection of his musings each week, but you can sign up for his full, daily newsletter by emailing ‘subscribe’ to [email protected] It is “aimed at informed residents who are encouraged to further develop and rebut the arguments made here, and in the media, to create actual, honest and productive political dissent.”
Monday, 28th Oct: Yau Tsim Mong By-election: Without anyone noticing, the District Council by-election of the Yau Tsim Mong district was yesterday. Of the 280,000 people living in the area 7,106 are allowed to vote, of which 2,593 had showed up until 4:30pm.
Some of these 2,593 registered voters are currently in jail for unknown crimes, so polling stations were set up in two different prisons. Prisoners in prisons not organized by the Correctional Services Department can ask to be escorted to the police station in Cheung Sha Wan where they can vote… Anybody can watch the ballot counting… The election was won with 1,515 votes (58.4% of all votes, 21.3% of all registered voters and 0.5% of all residents) by Lam Sufan Kin-man, representative of the Chinese securities and futures trading firm Shenyin Wanguo… The Standard reports that 217,000 people who would have been eligible to vote in this election have been struck from the register after they failed to confirm their address.
Human Rights: The quote of the week goes to whoever commented on the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The HKSAR Government will continue to promote and preserve the human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and relevant local legislation.” The very idea of human rights is that they trump local laws and constitutions, no matter how well meaning the governments.