A graphic has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Weibo and in online forums which claim it shows almost 60 percent of votes cast in the Hong Kong district council election was invalid. The claim is false; the Hong Kong Registration and Electoral Office (REO) said that 12,097 votes cast were invalid, which represents 0.41 percent of the total vote.
The misleading graphic was published here in a post in a Hong Kong Facebook group called “Alliance in Support of our Police Force” — which has more than 50,000 members — on November 26, 2019.
By exaggerating the number of invalid ballots, the pro-China groups were suspected to attempt to discredit the District Council Election outcome, where the pro-democracy candidates received a landslide victory.
In fact, facing the disastrous defeat of the Hong Kong election, the mainland media were at a loss for a moment and collectively remained silent for a few days. Then they began to rumor and slander, questioned the legitimacy of the election, and demonstrated the hypocrisy and arrogance of the CCP regime.