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Tuesday, September 14, 2004 

Post Election Analysis II

Washington Post has an excellent analysis on Hong Kong's recent Legislative Council elections. The electoral system is skewed and not representative of public opinion. For example:
"democrats had won more than 200,000 votes in the [Hong Kong Island] district to the 140,000 won by the pro-Beijing camp, yet the six seats were divided evenly between them."

Christine Loh warned that:
"a decision by the Chinese leadership to stand fast and block political reform in the territory could backfire. "The more people understand the unfairness of the current system, a system designed to repress the public will, the more the system becomes a cause for potential instability," she said. "Election results like this only highlight the problem."

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