Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Number of the Day: 579

Carrie Lam has definitely secured her name on the ballot for the CE election
Hong Kong Chief Executive contender Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor must have been an overachiever as a kid because today she handed in a whopping 579 nominations to the Electoral Affairs Office be eligible for next month's election.

She only needed a minimum of 150 nominations. Her rival John Tsang had 156, and Woo Kwok-hing 179.

Surely Tung Chee-hwa's hug is a big hint from Beijing?
Some say she did that to quash Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's chances, others say it's just in her nature to get A++ on everything. We're not in school, Carrie. And this isn't the real race -- that's next month!

The real work begins now, getting out into the hustings and trying to get 601 votes on March 26.

While people may nominate her now, it doesn't mean she has 579 votes in the bag.

Many worry she is CY Leung 2.0, while others are resigned to the hints from Beijing that she is the preferred candidate. As the vast majority of us aren't allowed to vote, we'd at least like to see her work for her votes.

Lam didn't handle negotiations with the students well in 2014
Her handling of the recent Palace Museum fiasco isn't going as smoothly as she had hoped, and the vestiges of the Occupy protests are continuing to haunther too.

Not everyone is as enamoured of her as Beijing had hoped...

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