🌊 What election? Which candidate?
The one-man election results are in.
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Anyway, onto the election results.
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The results are in…
After a suspenseful (this is completely subjective and maybe a bit sarcastic) election day, John Lee has become the next Chief Executive of Hong Kong. Check out our poll below where we asked our followers on Twitter to guess who won the election.
It took only 23 minutes to count the 1,428 ballots that were cast in the election, with the results announced at 12:28 PM. There were a total of four unmarked ballots, rendering them invalid by law.
Votes cast: 1,428
Votes in favour of Lee: 1,416
Votes against Lee: 8
Unmarked votes: 4
Poll lasted 2.5 hours in the morning
Turnout rate: 97.74%
Check out this HKFP article for different reactions to the election results. His election has received words of support from local business groups (like the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce) as well as criticism from the European Union.
But there were others, such as some folks having dim sum in Mong Kok, who had an entirely different reaction to John Lee’s win. Here’s a brief summary of an interaction HKFP had with two groups at a restaurant:
HKFP: Do you know who the one person running in the Chief Executive election is?
Dim Sum Eater: What’s his name again? Lee Ka-chiu, right?
— Not a direct quote
John Lee has hit the ground running with a temporary office set up for him and his new team of over two dozen staff members.
The Yuen Long cluster grows
A new cluster that began from a suspected asymptomatic spreader has grown, with four more customers of the restaurant testing positive for COVID-19. Now a total of eight customers from the restaurant who were there at similar times have been confirmed with the virus.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 266 (25 imported)
112 detected by PCR tests
154 detected by RATs
Total cases: 1,193,954
Total deaths: 9,133
Compulsory testing notices were released for 40 specified places.
Hong Kong has recorded an increase in foreign domestic workers arriving from the Philippines and Indonesia by the thousands since the ease of travel restrictions.
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