Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has been chosen as Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive with a landslide victory in the 2017 election.
Campaigning on a slogan of “We Connect”, the pro-Beijing former Chief Secretary for Administration secured 67% of the vote.
The Hong Kong Exibition and Convention Centre erupted in both cheers and protest at 1:15pm as Mrs Lam was declared the winner following the scrutiny of several invalid ballots.
Mrs Lam’s supporters celebrated the winning 777 vote result while pro-democracy supporters raised yellow umbrellas in protest against the pro-Beijing Chief Executive designate.
Running in second place is former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah with 365 votes (31%) followed by retired court judge Woo Kwok-hing with 21 votes (2%).
Judge Woo standing outside the convention center told the media that he does not hold any regrets and when asked about his low result of 21 votes, remarked that many electors chose strategy over their personal principles in making their decisions.
From the podium the Chief Executive designate outlined her vision for the next 5 years in Hong Kong including healing socio-political tensions, reducing taxes and addressing the housing situation through increasing supply of land.
Mrs Lam also thanked her family and campaign team in her victory speech that reiterated the importance of the ‘1 Country, 2 Systems’ model as being a core value for Hong Kong as a special administrative region.
In promising to respect varying political opinions, the Chief Executive designate indicated her intention to meet with both pro-Beijing and pan-democratic legislators as well as engage with Hong Kong’s youth.
Outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying sent his regards in a statement wishing success to Mrs Lam and promising to facilitate a smooth handover period.
The overall turnout was 99% totaling 1168 electors with 1163 valid ballots.
Roydon Ng is a freelance journalist, blogger and web designer based from Sydney, Australia.