Hong Kong pro-democracy camp set for landslide win

In Hong Kong, the pro-democracy camp is set for a landslide win in Sunday's local elections by gaining more seats than those who are pro-Beijing.

Media outlets are reporting it has won a majority of the 452 seats.

The polls were the first since pro-democracy protests began five months ago.

A number of pro-democracy candidates are already celebrating. The protests gave them much needed momentum. The election commission says the turnout was a record 71.2 percent.

District Councils have a limited role in the territory.
But they do play a part in choosing Hong Kong's chief executive who is not elected by residents.

The elections are seen as a referendum on the protests, the government's response, and the future of Hong Kong. Observers say the pro-democracy camp's victory will give future protests even more momentum.