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Hong Kong’s small-circle election: an incompetent, predictable farce

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Giving farce a bad name is rarely a good idea, and it gets a lot worse when the farce is designed to give legitimacy to a process designed to achieve representative government.

Sunday’s election to fill less just over a quarter of the seats for membership of the Election Committee, there were just 4,380 voters or just 0.06 per cent of the population, less even than the number of 5,000 police officers deployed to ensure that the proceedings were not disrupted.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang seen opening ballot boxes on Sunday, September 19, 2021. File Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

As things turned out, the job of disruption appears to have been handed over to the election authorities themselves who made such a mess of handling this meagre crop of votes. Their bumbling ensured that counting went on into the early hours of the morning. That, incidentally, is the problem with farce, once it starts rolling along, the more absurd aspects of its progress are hard to stop.

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