Sunday's poll came after five months of unrest in the city, which has resulted in a divided and polarized society. The increasingly violent protests also harmed social and economic development. The restoration of order has been seen as the region's most pressing issue.
CGTN's correspondent has made it into the university campus, now in ruins after being transformed into a "fortification" for confrontation with the police.
"Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has the right to interfere," he said, reiterating Beijing's unwavering support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam in leading the SAR government.
Lee noted that violent incidents during the past few months had affected the party's campaigning efforts.
Starry Lee, chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), apologized for her party's performance.
A polling official opens a ballot box to count the votes of the Hong Kong council elections, in a polling station in Hong Kong, China, November 24, 2019. /Reuters Photo
Lam said in a statement that the government respected the results and wished "the peaceful, safe and orderly situation to continue."
After weeks of violent standoffs with local law enforcement in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, radical protesters based in the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University have finally retreated. They left behind bows and arrows, as well as raw materials for Molotov cocktails which have been used to attack police officers trying to reclaim order.
District councils are organizations at the district level that advise the HKSAR government on matters affecting the well-being of the residents and participate in the management of district affairs.
At the same time, she said the party will review its election strategies and work even harder to regain people's support.
The government would "listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously," Lam said.
Reactions on the results
Officials open a ballot box at a polling station in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China, November 24, 2019. /Reuters Photo
Almost three million people voted between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, a record turnout of more than 71.2 percent. Both the voter turnout rate and the number of voters reached a record high this year.
"There are various analyses and interpretations in the community in relation to the results, and quite a few are of the view that the results reflect people's dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society," she said.
While apologizing to the DAB supporters, Lee thanked the party's supporters and hoped that they won't be discouraged.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang on Monday stressed Beijing's firm determination to safeguard national sovereignty and stop the violence in Hong Kong.
The Electoral Affairs Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced the final results of the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election on Monday.
The list of 452 elected district council members from 18 districts was released at around 1:43 p.m. Monday afternoon followed by an overnight counting which lasted till Monday noon.
"For this major defeat, we do not want to find any excuses and reasons," said Lee, who went on to say that the party rejected her offer to resign earlier on Monday.