1953 Hong Kong municipal election

The 1953 Urban Council election was held on 20 May 1953 for the 4 elected seats of the Urban Council of Hong Kong.

1953 Hong Kong municipal election
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4 (of the 15) elected seats to the Urban Council
Registered10,798
Turnout2,536 (23.49%)
  First party
 
Leader Brook Bernacchi
Party Reform
Last election 1 seats, 33.58%
Seats before 1
Seats won 4
Seat change Increase3
Popular vote 6,374
Percentage 71.25%
Swing Increase37.67pp

The elected seats extended from 2 seats to 4 seats in this election, which increased the total numbers of member from 13 to 15. For the first time the polling station was set in the Kowloon peninsula, at the Kowloon-Canton Railway Station in Tsim Sha Tsui, besides the one in Hong Kong Island. Despite that, only 2,536 of 10,798 eligible voters, about twenty percent of the electorate, cast ballots, less than last year.

All candidates from the Reform Club, including Brook Bernacchi and Woo Pak-chuen were elected, while incumbent William Louey lost the re-election.

ResultsEdit

Urban Council Election 1953[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Reform Brook Bernacchi 2,100 23.47 +5.64
Reform Woo Pak-chuen 1,746 19.52 +3.77
Reform Raymond Harry Shoon Lee 1,304 14.58
Reform Philip Au 1,224 13.68
KRA P.J. Griffiths 981 10.97
KRA William Louey Sui-tak 745 8.33 -7.98
CRA Percy Chen 456 5.10 -1.94
Independent G.O. Jones 390 4.36
Turnout 2,536 ~20%

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Quiet, But Steady Stream Of Voters". China Mail. 20 May 1953.

ReferencesEdit

  • Pepper, Suzanne (2008). Keeping Democracy at Bay:Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Lau, Y.W. (2002). A history of the municipal councils of Hong Kong : 1883-1999 : from the Sanitary Board to the Urban Council and the Regional Council. Leisure and Cultural Service Dept.