Social Welfare (constituency)


The Social Welfare functional constituency (Chinese: 社會福利界功能界別), formerly called Social Services, is a functional constituency in the elections for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. The constituency was first created as one of the original 12 functional constituency seats for the first ever Legislative Council election in 1985.

Social Welfare
社會福利界
Functional Constituency
for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Country Hong Kong
Electorate13,935 (2020)[1]
Current constituency
Created1985
Number of membersOne
Member(s)Vacant

It is one of the functional constituencies with the most electorates. As of 2020, there were 13,935 registered voters, including all the social workers registered under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance (Cap. 505). It has also been one of the few functional constituencies held by the pro-democrats, represented by Shiu Ka-chun until he resigned en masse with other pro-democracy legislators in protest to the Beijing's disqualification of four opposition legislators.[2]

Return members


Social Services (1988–1995)

ElectionMemberPartyVotes%
1985 Hui Yin-fat Nonpartisan 76 54.68
1988 N/A
1991 N/A

Social Welfare (1995–present)

ElectionMemberPartyVotes%
1995 Law Chi-kwong Democratic 1,115 64.08
Not represented in Provisional Legislative Council (1997–98)
1998 Law Chi-kwong Democratic N/A
2000 3,061 65.93
2004 Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung NonpartisanCivic 3,263 39.01
2008 Cheung Kwok-che SWGU/ADPLLabour 5,334 66.04
2012 Labour/SWGU 9,078 89.08
2016 Shiu Ka-chun Independent 4,603 40.79

Electoral results


2010s

[3]

2016 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Shiu Ka-chun 4,603 40.79
Nonpartisan Yip Kin-chung 3,858 34.19
Nonpartisan Kwan Yui-huen 1,255 11.12
Nonpartisan Tsang Kin-chiu 1,011 8.96
Nonpartisan Wong Sing-chi 557 4.94
Majority 745 6.60
Total valid votes 11,284 100.00
Rejected ballots 280
Turnout 11,564 83.65
Registered electors 13,824

[4]

2012 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SWGU (Labour) Cheung Kwok-che 9,078 89.08 +23.04
Nonpartisan Chan Yee-fei 1,113 10.92
Majority 6,335 78.16
Total valid votes 10,191 100.00
Rejected ballots 748
Turnout 10,939 77.62
Registered electors 14,093

2000s

[5]

2008 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SWGU Cheung Kwok-che 5,334 66.04 +27.80
Democratic Tik Chi-yuen 2,743 33.96
Majority 2,591 32.08
Total valid votes 8,077 100.00
Rejected ballots 507
Turnout 8,584 68.57
Registered electors 12,519
SWGU gain from Civic Swing

[6]

2004 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Cheung Chiu-hung 3,263 39.01
SWGU Cheung Kwok-che 3,199 38.24
Nonpartisan Christine Fong Meng-sang 1,903 22.75
Majority 64 0.77
Total valid votes 8,365 100.00
Rejected ballots 181
Turnout 8,546 82.13
Registered electors 10,405
Nonpartisan gain from Democratic Swing

[7]

2000 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Law Chi-kwong 3,061 65.93
Nonpartisan Leung Yuet-ming 1,582 34.07
Majority 1,479 31.86
Total valid votes 4,643 100.00
Rejected ballots 522
Turnout 5,165 65.73
Registered electors 7,858
Democratic hold Swing

1990s

[7]

1998 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Law Chi-kwong Uncontested
Democratic hold Swing
1995 Legislative Council election: Social Welfare
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Law Chi-kwong 1,115 64.08
Nonpartisan Chow Wing-sang 625 35.92
Majority 490 28.16
Total valid votes 1,740 100.00
Turnout 612 29.39
Registered electors 2,082
Democratic gain from Nonpartisan Swing
1991 Legislative Council election: Social Services
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Hui Yin-fat Uncontested
Registered electors 181
Nonpartisan hold Swing

1980s

1988 Legislative Council election: Social Services
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Hui Yin-fat Uncontested
Nonpartisan hold Swing
1985 Legislative Council election: Social Services
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nonpartisan Hui Yin-fat 76 54.68
Nonpartisan Mak Hoi-wah 41 29.50
Nonpartisan Chan Sau-han 22 15.83
Majority 35 25.18
Total valid votes 139 100.00
Nonpartisan win (new seat)

References