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One of two candidates aligned with the Hong Kong pro-democracy opposition won a seat in the city's Electoral Committee, comprising 1,500 members, state broadcaster RTHK reported Monday.

It said candidate Tik Chi-yuen won the seat Sunday after being tied in votes with two other applicants when only two places remained to be assigned, with the three then contesting a lottery and Tik, 63, taking one of the available spots.

"At least there is some space left for us," he said. "It doesn't matter if there are one or two of us. It is worth participating as long as we can represent the intimate thoughts of some Hong Kongers and their opinions."

"Turnout has been unexpectedly high, but the traditional logic that high turnout could benefit Democrats doesn't apply this time," said Tik, a former member of the Democratic Party who now leads the centrist Third Way party.

Almost 90 percent of the 4,889 Hong Kongers called to polls participated.