Candidates looking to loosen China's grip on the semi-autonomous territory grabbed 388 out of 452 seats in 18 district councils, leaving only 59 for the establishment and five for independent candidates.
The first elections in Hong Kong following the months-long pro-democracy protests drew an unprecedented number of voters, with analysts expecting the pro-democracy camp to make gains although still falling short of a majority.
Dozens of students still remain holed up in the besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University, while the US Senate voted to back Hong Kong.
Police stormed the campus after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons.
Black-clad protesters also occupied university campuses, while office workers endured another day of transport chaos with suspensions on the vandalised train network and roads blocked by barricades.
Police have increased security around Hong Kong and its university campuses as they brace for more violence after sharp clashes overnight with anti-government protesters.
Hong Kong protests started on March 31 over an extradition bill show no signs of abating, despite promises by the chief executive to withdraw the bill. Meanwhile, China seems adamant not to give in to the protesters' demands.
Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has pledged to "spare no effort" in bringing an end to anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months, following a day of violence in which one person was shot and another set on fire.
A video circulating on social media showed a man giving flowers to Junius Ho and asking permission for a photo with him. The man then drew a knife from his bag and stabbed Ho in the chest but was quickly overpowered by the victim and several others.
China's President Xi Jinping told embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam the central government has a high degree of confidence in her and fully recognises the work by her and her team.
Wong became the poster child of the huge pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protests of 2014. Wong and his party, Demosisto, have denied supporting independence for the city.
Hong Kong's legislature formally withdrew legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, meeting one of five demands of anti-Beijing protesters. Leader Carrie Lam has used Chan Tong-kai's case to justify an extradition bill.
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