Rita Fan

Elected President

Rita Fan

The 2000 Hong Kong Legislative Council election was held on 10 September 2000 for members of the 2nd Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The election returned 24 members from directly elected geographical constituencies, 6 seats from the Election Committee constituency and 30 members from functional constituencies, of which 9 uncontested.

The election saw the decline in turnout rate from 53.29 percent in 1998 to 43.57 percent. The Democratic Party was able to maintain the largest party status in the legislature by retaining 12 seats, despite its vote share fell sharply by eight percent, if including Lau Chin-shek from the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) running in the same ticket with Democrat James To in Kowloon West, from 42 percent in 1998 to 34 percent in 2000.[1]

In contrast, the pro-Beijing rival Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) raised its vote share over two years by five percent, to 29.6 percent if including Tang Siu-tong from the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance (HKPA). As a result, the DAB won 11 seats, a sharp increase of three seats from the previous election, making it the second largest political party in the legislature, despite an alleged corruption scandal involving its vice-chairman Cheng Kai-nam at the peak of the campaign.[1] Cheng did not take his office and a by-election in December was won by a pro-democracy independent Audrey Eu.

The pro-democracy camp won 21 seats in total, of which 16 of those returned from the directly elected geographical constituencies, one seat more than the previous election which secured the one-thirds vote to veto any government's proposal of any constitutional amendment.

Change in composition

According to the Annex II of the Basic Law of Hong Kong, the number of the Election Committee constituency indirectly elected by the 800-member Election Committee would reduce from 10 seats to 6 seats, while the directly elected geographical constituency seats would increase from 20 to 24.[2] As a result, each geographical constituency except the New Territories East was added one extra seat.

After the two municipal councils, the Urban Council and Regional Council, were abolished in 1999, the two corresponding functional constituencies were also abolished and replaced by the Information Technology and Catering seats.

Parties and candidates

A total of 155 candidates representing ten political parties and candidates who were independents or not non-affiliated ran for the total number of 60 seats. 88 of whom ran in the 24 directly elected geographical constituencies, 57 for the 30 indirectly elected functional constituencies and 10 were nominated for the 6 Election Committee seats.[3]

  • The Democratic Party, chaired by Martin Lee, was the largest pro-democracy party holding 13 seats in the first Legislative Council term. Despite being perceived as anti-Beijing, the party's manifesto stated clear support for China's sovereignty over Hong Kong and Hong Kong's status as an "indivisible part of China." Nevertheless, the party was strongly identified with democratic principles, including "democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law." It believed in a rapid pace for Hong Kong's democratic development.[3] The party filled tickets in all five geographical constituencies besides its candidacies in the functional constituencies including Education, Social Welfare and Information Technology. It was also the first time the party deployed separate tickets in the New Territories West in hope of winning three seats by purchasing seats with remainder votes under the Hare quota system.
  • The Liberal Party, chaired by James Tien, was the party representing big-business interests. Its manifesto was "Energise Our Economy, Enrich Our Lives." Although its economic inclinations were the opposite of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), it also had pro-Beijing sympathies like the latter.[3] After the defeat of former chairman Allen Lee in direct election in 1998, the party only filled two tickets in the geographical constituencies while its core members remained relying heavily on the business sectors of the functional constituencies.
  • The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), chaired by Tsang Yok-sing, was the pro-Beijing party representing the Beijing interests in Hong Kong. It called for gradual and step-by step progress towards democratisation and supported for social welfare improvements, including greater spending on education, housing, employee retraining which had given it strong grassroots supports.[3] Holding 10 seats in the first Legislative Council term, the DAB won five directly elected seats in the 1998 election, taking advantages from the proportional representation system installed by Beijing.
  • The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance (HKPA), chaired by Ambrose Lau, was a small pro-Beijing party which had a pro-business stance which assuring another voting block support of Beijing interests. It heavily relied on the seats in the indirectly elected functional constituencies and Election Committee seats. In the election, the party filled a ticket in New Territories East for the first time and a candidate with rural background Tang Siu-tong in the DAB ticket in New Territories West.
  • The Frontier, headed by Emily Lau was active on human rights and environmental issues and routinely criticised both Hong Kong and Beijing governments on matters involving individual rights and freedoms. The Frontier believed the Basic Law should be redrafted and advocated democracy and freedom in China and Hong Kong. The party had strong support in New Territories East where saw its two incumbents Emily Lau and Cyd Ho got elected. Ho ran in Hong Kong Island in the coming election, targeting retiring Citizens Party's Christine Loh's seat.
  • The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU), presided by Lau Chin-shek, was a pro-democracy labour union. It had strong pro-grassroots and pro-labour inclination besides its pro-democracy stance. It had two incumbents Lau Chin-shek and Lee Cheuk-yan who ran as Democratic Party and The Frontier candidates respectively in the last election. After quitting the Democratic Party, Lau would run in the joint ticket with Democratic Party's James To in Kowloon West in the coming election.
  • The Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre (NWSC) had its sole legislator Leung Yiu-chung ran for his re-election in New Territories West. Largely pro-democracy and pro-grassroots, the NWSC had its strong base in public housing estates in Kwai Chung.
  • The New Century Forum, headed by Ng Ching-fai, was newly formed small party with a pro-middle class inclination. It had two members in the first Legislative Council term, Ng Ching-fai and Ma Fung-kwok, both were elected through the Election Committee, despite the two were running for re-election as nonpartisans. The party would also run in Hong Kong Island and New Territories East with tickets led by former civil servant David Lan and Law Cheung-kwok respectively.
  • The Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL), chaired by Frederick Fung, was a major party before 1997 until it lost all its seat in the first Legislative Council election in 1998. It had a moderate pro-democracy stance and strong pro-grassroots inclination. It filled in one ticket in its strong base Kowloon West in the coming election with chairman Frederick Fung and vice-chairman Bruce Liu.
  • The April Fifth Action was a small socialist group in which "Longhair" Leung Kwok-hung was its most well-known figure. It called for radical political changes with a strong anti-government rhetoric. Leung Kwok-hung would be running in the New Territories East in the coming election.

Retiring incumbents

Ambrose Cheung, representing the Provisional Urban Council resigned from the Legislative Council as protest to the government's decision on abolishing the two municipal councils, Urban Council and Regional Council and their corresponding Legislative Council constituencies in 2000. No by-election was held due to the short period before the general election.

Constituency Departing incumbents Party
Medical Leong Che-hung Independent
Health Services Michael Ho Mun-ka Democratic
Labour Lee Kai-ming FLU
Chan Wing-chan DAB
Real Estate and Construction Ronald Joseph Arculli Liberal
Import and Export Hui Cheung-ching Progressive Alliance
District Council (First) Ip Kwok-him DAB

General result

Before election:

20 1 39
Pro-democracy V. Pro-Beijing

Change in composition:

21 39
Pro-democracy Pro-Beijing
e • d Overall Summary of the 10 September 2000 Legislative Council of Hong Kong election results
Parties and allegiances Geographical constituencies Functional constituencies ECC
Votes % ±pp Seats Votes % ±pp Seats
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong 374,780 28.40 Increase3.17 7 1,493 1.68 Increase1.30 3 1 11 Increase2
Liberal Party 24,858 1.88 Decrease1.52 0 4,416 4.96 Increase3.23 8 0 8 Decrease2
Hong Kong Progressive Alliance 25,773 1.95 N/A 1 133 0.15 Decrease0.41 1 2 4 Decrease1
New Century Forum 21,103 1.60 N/A 0 1 1 Decrease1
Pro-government individuals and others 14,534 1.10 0 30,571 34.34 13 2 15
Total for pro-Beijing camp 461,048 34.94 Increase4.55 8 30,571 41.12 Increase9.01 25 6 39 Steady0
Democratic Party 417,873 31.66 Decrease11.21 9 40,624 45.63 Decrease17.44 3 12 Steady0
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions 96,752 7.33 N/A 2 2 Steady0
The Frontier 89,529 6.78 Decrease3.25 2 2 Steady0
Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood 62,717 4.75 Increase0.75 1 1 Increase1
Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre 59,348 4.50 N/A 1 1 Steady0
April Fifth Action 18,235 1.38 N/A 0 0 Steady0
Pro-democracy individuals and others 54,795 4.15 1 9,066 10.18 2 3
Total for pro-democracy camp 799,249 60.56 Decrease5.59 16 49.690 55.81 Decrease9.74 5 21 Increase1
Non-partisan individuals and others 59,397 4.50 0 2,729 3.07 0 0
Total 1,319,694 100.00 24 89,032 100.00 30 6 60 Steady0
Valid votes 1,319,694 99.14 Decrease0.22 89,032 96.66 Decrease1.31
Invalid votes 11,386 0.86 Increase0.22 3,080 3.34 Increase1.31
Votes cast / turnout 1,331,080 43.57 Decrease9.72 92,112 56.50 Decrease7.00
Registered voters 3,055,378 100.00 Increase9.30 163,030 100.00 Increase33.04
9 candidates in 9 functional constituencies were elected unopposed to the Legislative Council.

(Total votes added up by this reference)

Ring charts of the election results showing popular vote against seats won, coloured in green (Pro-democracy camp) and red (Pro-Beijing camp) on the left and the party colours on the right. Seats won in the election (outer ring) against number of votes (inner ring).

Vote summary

Popular vote

Seat summary


Incumbents defeated

Four incumbents lost re-election

Party Name Constituency Remarks
Liberal Edward Ho Sing-tin Architectural, Surveying and Planning
Ho Sai-chu Election Committee
Democratic Lee Wing-tat New Territories West
Progressive Alliance Fung Chi-kin Financial Services
New Forum Ma Fung-kwok Election Committee

Results breakdown

Geographical constituencies (24 seats)

Voting System: Closed party-list proportional representation with the largest remainder method and Hare Quota.

Hong Kong Island (香港島) (5 seats)
List № Party/Allegiance Votes Received % elected not elected
1   9,896 3.8   Tsang Kin-shing, Manuel Chan Tim-shing, Steve Chan Kwok-leung
2   6,967 2.7   Angel Leung On-kay
3 DAB 72,617 27.8 Cheng Kai-nam, Choy So-yuk Suen Kai-cheong, Christopher Chung Shu-kun, Yeung Wai-foon
4   14,534 5.6   Jennifer Chow Kit-bing
5 Independent 6,398 2.5   Paul Tse Wai-chun
6 New Forum 14,329 5.5   David Lan Hong-tsung, Fung Ho-keung, Chan Choi-hi, Regina Yeung Sum-yu
7 Frontier 25,988 10.0 Cyd Ho Sau-lan  
8   1,132 0.4   Andrew Shuen Pak-man
9   15,419 5.9   Fung Leung-lo
10   1,434 0.5   Allen Yung Chan-lung
11 Democratic 92,074 35.3 Martin Lee Chu-ming, Yeung Sum Kam Nai-wai, Joseph Lai Chi-keong, Cheng Lai-king
    260,788 100.0    
Kowloon West (九龍西) (4 seats)
List № Party/Allegiance Votes Received % elected not elected
1 ADPL 62,717 35.2 Frederick Fung Kin-kee Liu Sing-lee
2 DAB 41,942 23.5 Tsang Yok-sing Chung Kong-mo, Pun Kwok-wah, Wong Wai-chuen
3 Democratic/CTU 73,540 41.3 Lau Chin-shek, James To Kun-sun  
    178,199 100.0    
Kowloon East (九龍東) (4 seats)
List № Party/Allegiance Votes Received % elected not elected
1   9,805 4.3   Lam Hoi-shing
2 DAB 108,587 47.4 Chan Yuen-han, Chan Kam-lam Lam Man-fai, Angelis Chan Joy-kong
3 Democratic 103,863 45.3 Szeto Wah, Li Wah-ming Wu Chi-wai, Andrew To Kwan-hang
4   7,023 3.1   Shi Kai Biu, Lam Wai Yin
    229,278 100.0    
New Territories West (新界西) (6 seats)
List № Party/Allegiance Votes Received % elected not elected
1 Liberal 9,408 2.74   David Yeung Fuk-kwong
2 NWSC 59,348 17.27 Leung Yiu-chung  
3 Democratic 43,613 12.69 Albert Chan Wai-yip Cosmas Kwong Kwok-chuen
4 CTU 52,202 15.19 Lee Cheuk-yan  
5   3,274 0.95   Angela Man Yun-fei
6 DAB 101,629 29.58 Tam Yiu-chung, Tang Siu-tong Leung Che-cheung, Chau Chuen-heung, Chan Yau-hoi, Au Yeung Po-chun
7 Democratic 38,472 11.20 Ho Chun-yan Josephine Chan Shu-ying, Cheung Yuet-lan, Catherine Wong Lai-sheung
8 Democratic 35,648 10.38   Lee Wing-tat, Wong Bing-kuen
    343,594 100.00  
New Territories East (新界東) (5 seats)
List № Party/Allegiance Votes Received % elected not elected
1 Democratic 25,971 8.44 Wong Sing-chi Chow Wai-tung, Wong Leung-hi
2 DAB 66,943 21.75 Lau Kong-wah Wan Yuet-kau, Wong Mo-tai, Wan Chung-ping, Li Kwok-ying
3   7,945 2.58   Brian Kan Ping-chee
4 Progressive Alliance 8,835 2.87   Choy Kan-pui, Ling Man-hoi, Cheng Chun-wo, Ho Sau-mo
5 Frontier 63,541 20.64 Emily Lau Wai-hing Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong
6 New Forum 6,774 2.20   Law Cheung-kwok
7 Democratic 49,242 16.00 Andrew Cheng Kar-foo Gary Fan Kwok-wai, Shirley Ho Suk-ping, Leung Wing-hung, Kwan Wing-yip
8   44,899 14.59 Andrew Wong Wang-fat  
9 Liberal 15,450 5.02   Lau Hing-kee, Leung Chi-wai, Susana Ho Shu-tee
10 April Fifth Action 18,235 5.92   Leung Kwok-hung
    307,835 100.00    

Functional Constituencies (30 seats)

Voting systems: Different voting systems apply to different functional constituencies, namely for the Heung Yee Kuk, Agriculture and Fisheries, Insurance and Transport, the preferential elimination system of voting; and for the remaining 24 FCs used the first-past-the-post voting system.[4]

Results of the Functional Constituencies
Constituency Incumbent Result Candidate(s)
Heung Yee Kuk Lau Wong-fat
Incumbent hold Lau Wong-fat (Liberal)
Agriculture and Fisheries Wong Yung-kan
Incumbent hold Wong Yung-kan (DAB)
Insurance Bernard Charnwut Chan Incumbent hold Bernard Charnwut Chan
Transport Miriam Lau Kin-yee
Incumbent hold Miriam Lau Kin-yee (Liberal) 76.26%
Thomas Pang Cheung-wai (DAB) 23.74%
Education Cheung Man-kwong
Incumbent hold Cheung Man-kwong (PTU/Democratic) 86.29%
Lee Kit-kong 13.71%
Legal Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee
Incumbent hold Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee (Independent) 60.75%
Anthony Chow Wing-kin (Independent) 39.25%
Accountancy Eric Li Ka-cheung
Incumbent hold Eric Li Ka-cheung (Independent) 64.55%
Edward Chow Kwong-fai (Independent) 22.75%
Peter Chan Po-fun(Independent) 12.70%
Medical Leong Che-hung
Incumbent retired
Independent gain
Lo Wing-lok (Independent) 39.96%
Dennis Lam Shun-chiu (Independent) 32.29%
Kwok Ka-ki (Independent) 19.20%
So Kai-ming (Independent) 8.55%
Health Services Michael Ho Mun-ka
Incumbent retired
Independent gain
Michael Mak Kwok-fung (Independent) 43.60%
Thomas Wong Kwok-shing (Independent) 29.09%
Alice Tso Shing-yuk 27.31%
Engineering Raymond Ho Chung-tai
Incumbent hold Raymond Ho Chung-tai 60.69%
Luk Wang-kwong 39.31%
Architectural, Surveying and Planning Edward Ho Sing-tin (Liberal) Incumbent lost re-election
Independent gain
Kaizer Lau Ping-cheung 39.88%
Kenneth Law Kin-chung (Independent) 32.61%
Edward Ho Sing-tin (Liberal) 27.51%
Labour (3 seats) Lee Kai-ming
Incumbent retired
Nonpartisan gain
Li Fung-ying (Nonpartisan) 283
Leung Fu-wah (Nonpartisan) 259
Chan Kwok-keung (DAB) 226
Leung Suet-fong 102
Chan Wing-chan
Incumbent retired
Nonpartisan gain
Chan Kwok-keung
Incumbent hold
Social Welfare Law Chi-kwong
Incumbent hold Law Chi-kwong (Democratic) 65.93%
Grace Leung Yuet-ming (Nonpartisan) 34.07%
Real Estate and Construction Ronald Joseph Arculli
Incumbent retired
Independent gain
Abraham Shek Lai-him (Independent) 75.48%
Jimmy Tse Lai-leung (Independent) 24.52%
Tourism Howard Young
Incumbent hold Howard Young (Liberal) 45.07%
Joseph Tung Yao-chung (Nonpartisan) 32.40%
Francis Bagaman (Nonpartisan) 22.53%
Commercial (First) James Tien Pei-chun
Incumbent hold Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung (Liberal)
Commercial (Second) Philip Wong Yu-hong Incumbent hold Philip Wong Yu-hong
Industrial (First) Kenneth Ting Woo-shou
Incumbent hold Kenneth Ting Woo-shou (Liberal) 57.22%
Chan Siu-king (Nonpartisan) 42.78%
Industrial (Second) Lui Ming-wah Incumbent hold Lui Ming-wah
Finance David Li Kwok-po Incumbent hold David Li Kwok-po 73.55%
Leo Kung Lin-cheng 26.45%
Financial Services Fung Chi-kin Incumbent lost re-election
Nonpartisan gain
Wu King-cheong 53.47%
Fung Chi-kin (Progressive Alliance) 40.18%
Irene So Wai-yin 6.35%
Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication Timothy Fok Tsun-ting Incumbent hold Timothy Fok Tsun-ting
Import and Export Hui Cheung-ching
(Progressive Alliance)
Incumbent hold Hui Cheung-ching (Progressive Alliance)
Textiles and Garment Sophie Lau Yau-fun
Incumbent hold Sophie Lau Yau-fun (Liberal)
Wholesale and Retail Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee
Incumbent hold Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee (Liberal) 75.40%
Lau Chi-wing 24.60%
Information Technology Sin Chung-kai
Incumbent hold Sin Chung-kai (Democratic) 73.69%
Kan Wing-kay 26.31%
Catering New constituencies Tommy Cheung Yu-yan (Liberal) 53.59%
Leung Kwok-cheong 26.11%
David Ng Tak-leung (DAB) 20.30%
District Council Ip Kwok-him (DAB) 57.39%
Cosmas Chiang Sai-cheong (Liberal) 42.61%

Election Committee (6 seats)

No. Party Candidate Votes
21 Independent Ma Fung-kwok 376
22 Independent Shiu Sin-por 360
23 Independent Ng Ching-fai 401
24 Progressive Alliance David Chu Yu-lin 464
25 DAB Yeung Yiu-chung 490
26 Independent Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai 651
27 Independent Ho Ka-cheong 117
28 Independent Ng Leung-sing 483
29 Progressive Alliance Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen 594
30 Liberal Ho Sai-chu 378


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  2. ^ "Annex II : Method for the Formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Its Voting Procedures". The Basic Law. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rioni Nova Publishers, S. G. (2002). Hong Kong in Focus: Political and Economic Issues. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "2000 LegCo Election- Facts about the Election". Elections.gov.hk. 

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