Whole tone sounds like they were just writing up reasons for their non-â€œdecisionâ€, so why should their behaviour in the future affect what happens? Plus since the returning officer is supposed to be the one making the decision, are we to surmise that he is the one leaking, or itâ€™s really not the RO who makes the decision after all?
A leak like this raises more questions than answers, and foremost of all is the motivation behind it. If I had to guess, the regime is trying to find elements willing to self-censor, so that if found, they can slap the label of â€œoppositionâ€ on the token presence in Legco, if itâ€™s ever â€œelectedâ€ again. In the meantime, splitting the opposition canâ€™t hurt.