Hong Kongers vote in first election since 2014 protests

Hong Kong—Hong Kongers flocked to polling stations Sunday to vote in the territory’s first election since the 11-week pro-democracy protests of 2014. Around 3.8 million voters have an opportunity to select among 214 candidates — many identified as Beijing-friendly, pan-democrat or members of newer “localist” movements associated with the Occupy protests — running for 35 seats tied to geographical constituencies.
The pro-democracy camp — which currently holds 27 seats — is seeking to secure at least one-third of seats, or 24, in the 70-member legislature in order to have the ability to block legislation.
The vote is the last before a successor to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying – who polls have shown as having a low popularity rating — is elected in March for the top post in the former British colony.
The election campaigning has witnessed a fifth of incumbent lawmakers — most of them veterans — stepping aside as a younger generation joins the race.—Agencies

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