Cheung Chor-yung spoke to RTHK’s Damon Pang
The Registration and Electoral Office said on Wednesday 4.13 million people are now registered voters – 440,000 more than that during the last District Council elections in 2015.
Over 17 percent of the new voters are in the age group of 18-30 years of age.
The highest number of voters is in the Sha Tin district, where 419,000 are registered while in the nearby Yuen Long 349,000 people are on the list.
On the Kowloon side, Kwun Tong topped with 396,000 while on the island side Eastern District topped with 323,000 voters.
With the district council elections set for November 24, City University’s political analyst, Cheung Chor-yung, said the change in the voters’ portfolio could mean an advantage for the pro-democracy camp because of the ongoing protests.
“The current political crisis, I think many people still are sympathetic with protesters rather than the government. So we could assume that those who want to support the protesters or sympathetic with the protesters, they have more incentive to enroll into the voter registrations and hence translate such support in to votes,” he said.
“Because I still believe, on the whole, the mainstream voters they probably do not welcome the escalation of violence,” Cheung said.
But he told RTHK’s Damon Pang that if the anti-government protests gets more violent, the upper hand could be eroded.