Regina Ip Withdraws From Leadership Race

March 1, 2017

NewsStandOnline.Net (1-March-2017): Regina Ip has withdrawn from the Hong Kong chief executive race.  “I have to apologise to my supporters,” she said.

“I received far fewer nominations than the 150 needed.” Ip needed 150 nominations from the 1,200 members of the Election Committee before March 1 to officially run as a candidate.

Ip thanked all of the electors who nominated her, saying that – after 77 days of campaigning – she has organised 137 meetings with different sectors and groups in Hong Kong, and received a total of 108,365 “likes” on her Facebook posts.

Regina Ip Withdraws From Leadership Race

“I personally feel I put a lot of effort into the election race this time,” she said. “I feel I could not get into the race because of the system… there are only 1,200 electors.”

“So when you have four candidates, all from the pro-establishment camp competing, I feel I have been squeezed out.”

She did not disclose the number of nominations she eventually received. But she said that the next chief executive must have the ability to speak with different sectors and with people of different opinions: “I feel that I have done that in the past 77 days.”