11th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) In the recently concluded District Council elections, the fate of the two major pro-establishment parties diverged significantly in terms of both the directly elected seats and the district committee elections. Although the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) did not secure all 44 directly elected seats, they still managed to capture a total of 109 seats, making them the clear winner of the elections. This translates to nearly 23% of the seats in the new District Council. On the other hand, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) fared poorly in the directly elected seats, winning only 18 seats, and suffered further losses in the district committee elections.
The New People’s Party, with its chairman serving as the convener of the Executive Council, faced a dismal outcome in the directly elected seats. As for the minor political groups that fielded only one candidate in each of the 3 districts, they were completely wiped out. The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, which contested in 5 districts, managed to secure victory in only one district.
The FTU’s defeat in the district committee elections raises questions about its connection with the business sector. According to Liu Siu-kai, the three committees of the FTU are grassroots-based.
The DAB, which fielded one candidate in each of the 44 local constituencies, only failed to secure victory in 3 districts. They won an impressive 41 seats in the directly elected seats, achieving a success rate of 93%. In the district committee elections, the party fielded 77 candidates, with 68 emerging victorious, resulting in a success rate of 88%. Overall, the DAB has secured a total of 109 seats through the elections.
The new term of the District Council will consist of a total of 470 councillors. This includes 88 directly elected local councillors, 176 district committee constituency councillors, 27 rural committee chairpersons serving as ex-officio councillors, and 179 appointed councillors. With the 109 seats they have secured through the elections, the DAB already occupies 23% of the seats in the new District Council. As the government has yet to announce the list of appointed councillors, it is highly likely that the DAB’s final influence in the District Council will further expand.