Hong Kong’s opposition pro-democracy group has won a majority in at least 12 of the 18 district councils, local media reported early Monday.

Initial results suggested that by 7 a.m. local time, pro-Beijing candidates had only won 42 seats while pro-democracy candidates won 278, according to The South China Morning Post.

A total of 1,104 candidates are competing for 452 municipal council seats in 18 election districts.

Hong Kong residents have shown great interest in the local elections to elect district councilors as protestors view the ballot as a great opportunity to change the political climate in the autonomous

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