Critics had earlier warned the voting reforms were designed to remove all opposition from the city's parliament. The electoral reform law which was passed in May, was designed to weed out "non-patriots". It also saw the EC given new powerful responsibilities, allowing it to nominate all candidates for LegCo - the city's parliament. This allows for a pro-China panel to vet and elect candidates, which critics said reduced democratic representation.
Only one opposition-leaning candidate running in the election won, with Tik Chi-yuen telling reporters afterwards that "there is at least some room for us [the opposition]".