Filmed and produced by Tom Griggs. Additional footage by Reuters
The government calls it an election, but that's a misnomer. Just 1,200 of Hong Kong's seven million people get to choose between the three candidates. The election committee is dominated by business leaders, politicians, and civic groups loyal to Beijing. It's a secret ballot, but in the past, representatives of the Chinese government have leaned heavily on the electors.
Career civil servant Carrie Lam is the favourite. She was the number two in the last government and has a reputation as a tough-minded bureaucrat. But she has struggled to connect with the public, committing a number of gaffes during the campaign. Her supporters say she's experienced, hard working, and has the steel needed to drive social and economic reforms in Hong Kong. Her opponents say she's too close to Beijing, and will only exacerbate tensions in an already polarised city.
It's now 20 years since Hong Kong was handed back by the British. The one country, two systems arrangement through which it is ruled is under pressure like never before. Hong Kong's new leader will have to plot a course between a Chinese government that is frustrated with the city's defiant residents and a population that fears its unique identity and freedoms are being taken away.