Hong Kong Mock Vote Rejects All 3 Chief Candidates, RTHK Says

More than half the 222,990 participants in a Hong Kong mock election rejected all three candidates who are competing to be the city’s chief executive in a ballot today, Radio Television Hong Kong reported, citing Hong Kong University.

Some 121,000 of the participants, or 55 percent, in the mock election said they didn’t support any of the three men vying to be chief executive, Hong Kong University’s Public Opinion Program said, according to RTHK.

Among participants who did pick a candidate, 17.8% chose Leung Chun-ying, 16.3% selected Henry Tang, and 11.4% went for Albert Ho, RTHK said, citing Hong Kong University.

The mock election was held March 23 and 24. Participants could vote in booths at Hong Kong University or online.

A 1,193-member committee of billionaires, including Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing, lawmakers and academics cast their votes for the three candidates starting at 9 a.m. today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Leung, the favorite in opinion polls, and Tang, a former chief secretary, secured the most nominations.

The next chief executive will be the last to be chosen by a narrow group in the former British colony, with China having pledged to introduce universal suffrage in 2017.

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