>> It's been the most contentious election that we've seen probably since the Handover in 1997. We've seen the pro democracy forces take on pro establishment, pro Beijing rivals. Beijing sees some of these to be more radical, pursuing an independence agenda which could potentially bring more tensions and anger Beijing going forward.
And with the prospect of possibly tighter laws to curb Hong Kong's freedom. The new generations of politicians rouse from the ranks of the 2014 pro-democracy protest which shutdown parts of the city with calls for real democracy. In this year's poll, scrappy campaigns going head to head with pro-Beijing candidate with strong backing, deep pockets and who some accused of not playing fair.
>> We've heard all this examples of stage own Chinese companies for example being called asking their staff to vote in a certain way. We've seen harassment of some pro independent candidates and just this little tactics that aren't suppose to happen but do happen, because Beijing does take these elections very seriously.
>> Early results showed Democrats of one enough seats in the legislative council to keep veto power, which they say is crucial for keeping repressive laws off the books. But veterans say they're worried about a split in their ranks. With the new kids on the block having perhaps quite different ideas on how to fight for freedoms.