District Council Election 2015: A tough battle for Pan-democratic Camp

“It’s going to be a very tough battle,” said the chairwomen of the Democratic Party, Ms Emily Lau.

In the upcoming November, Pan-democratic Camp is competing with both the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress (DAB) and the young “umbrella generation” for the total 507 seats.

The Democratic Party has decreased their number of district council election candidates from 132 in 2011 to four year later’s 94.

The lack of “prepared candidates” means the opposite, mainly the DAB, will win more than three quarters of the seats without competing with Pan-democratic members.

“There’s no reason (for the candidate numbers’ decline),” said Ms Lau: “It’s just we only have 94 people that’s ready to stand out.”

“They (DAB) have lots of resources,” said Mr Pius Yum Kwok Tung, the vice-president of Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood:” they has a lot of human resource and money. And they’ve done many colorful society activities to attract voters.”

Unlike other places in the world, Hong Kong people doesn’t support you because you belongs to certain party, “you need to work very hard on your own constituency, to tell people you’re worth for their support,” said Ms Emily Lau.

However, some voters, especially young generations in the society, are very hard to reach and care, said Mr Yum, who is a current district councilor and also a candidate for 2015’s district council election.

“Young people and middle age people are more independent,” said Mr Yum:” they are not like old people who need care and help, so they will vote by which party you belongs to”.

According to his 12 years’ experience, Mr Yum said “we basically lose when we see the age composition structure of the voters.”

Most voters are old ones, said Ms Lau, and “most Hong Kong people don’t like revolution at all, they want to get things in peaceful ways.”

Also, as Ms Lau said, new voters like university students has a low register rate. But whether that will change after the Occupy Central movement remains unknown.

“Democratic Party is rather an old-fashion and hard-reach party to young people,” said Ms Lau.

Hong Kong’s younger generation, who has came to public after the Occupy Central movement, are forming new organizations to follow neither the Pan-Democratic Camp, nor the DAB, but a “third way”.

Youngspiration, for example, is going to send out all their 9 members to run for the district council election this year with the hope to be the “third power”.

But Mr Yum felt it is still very hard for “umbrella generation” to get into politics now, as “even the leaders of the Umbrella Movement not as well-known in the society as they’re on the internet, compared to famous politicians and councilors”.

“We represent the true voice of Hong Kong people, ” said Ms Yau Wai-ching, a member of Youngspiration who’s going to run for the Kowloon Tong City’s district councilor: “both the legislative council and district council don’t have a true voice for Hong Kong people.”

District councilor talks about the difficulties for “umbrella generation” to participate in politics:

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