Functional constituencies in Hong Kong’s Legco will all be contested for first time, but is the competition just for show?

Some functional constituency candidates in next month’s Legislative Council election have issued platforms that amount to little more than vague slogans, while others’ aims are virtually indistinguishable from their ostensible rivals’, prompting analysts to question just how competitive the poll really is.The election will be the first Legco poll since Beijing’s overhaul of the city’s political system to ensure only “patriots” held power, and for the first time since Hong Kong’s return to…


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