Our research found that newly elected localist legislative council members took a savvy approach by campaigning through social media during the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election in September.
The resignation of pan-democratic lawmakers Ronny Tong Ka-wah last June has sparked stirred up the call for centrism in Hong Kong, where legislators are traditionally separated into either pro-establishment or pan-democracy group. After an analysis of voting records, however, a group of lawmakers stand out they have voted to some extent differently from their political allies.
The veteran lawmaker and unionist Chan yuen-han has been back to the spotlight after she did not follow her pro-Beijing allies' walk-out during the vote of political reform resolution last month. It was her first time not joining the camp's collective political action, but not the first time on other issues. According to an analysis by JMSC, Chan, along with six other pr0-Beijing legislators, tend to vote differently from either pro-Beijing or pan-democracy group. On certain issues, particularly on economy and livelihood , they stand with their political enemies.