Andy Chui Chi-kin, who is running in the Hong Kong Island constituency in Sunday’s Legislative Council election, has dropped out of the race.
“Despite efforts over more than a month, my support was very low in multiple polls. In order not to let the pro-Beijing camp to win, and to fulfill my promises at the start of my campaign, I will suspend all election campaigning,” he said on Facebook.
A pro-democracy district councillor himself, he urged the voters to vote on September 4 for candidates who support democracy and livelihood development.
He apologised to those who supported him and thanked those who contributed to his campaign, saying that he will continue his district work.
In the latest poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme, he was polling at one per cent support, or 15th place, meaning he was unlikely to win a seat.
It is the latest in a string of election campaign suspensions on Friday night. Hong Kong Island’s Paul Zimmerman and the Labour Party’s Suzanne Wu have also dropped out of the race to make way for other candidates with higher approval ratings.
The legislative election will take place on Sunday. Full candidates lists across districts and constituencies can be viewed here.