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LegCo election nominations close Friday
From:ChinaDaily  |  2021-11-12 14:03

The nomination process for the upcoming legislative election in Hong Kong ends on Friday.

A total of 146 hopefuls, including 33 from 10 geographical constituencies, 64 from functional constituencies, and 49 from the Election Committee constituency, have submitted their nomination forms as of Nov 11, according to the Registration and Electoral Office of the SAR government.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday said the government would arrange extensive publicity to encourage people to vote in the election.

"We hope that this election would be a fair, impartial and healthy contest to elect 90 legislators who are committed to serving the people of Hong Kong," Lam said.

In a special arrangement under the pandemic, Lam also revealed that the government plans to set polling stations at the checkpoints with the Chinese mainland, allowing electors who live in the mainland to vote on SAR land and return to the mainland without being subjected to compulsory quarantine.

Over 4.4 million Hong Kong registered voters will select 90 new legislators on Dec 19, in the city's second major election to be held since the National People's Congress approved an improvement to the SAR's electoral system in March 2021.

The 90 seats in the Legislative Council, which have been expanded from 70 under the revamped electoral system, are returned in three different ways. Twenty seats are selected directly from 10 geographical constituencies around the city, 30 are picked up from 28 functional constituencies covering different professional sectors, and 40 are elected by a newly-founded 1,500-strong Election Committee representing various sectors of the Special Administrative Region. The subsector elections of the Election Committee, also the first poll under the improved electoral system, were held on Sept 19.

All applications received during the nomination process will be reviewed by the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee, a newly-founded gatekeeper under the reformed electoral system.

Earlier, John Lee Ka-chiu, who heads the committee, revealed that the results of the candidates' eligibility shall be announced no later than Nov 26.

The CERC will decide whether the nominees comply with all the legal requirements and conditions for upholding the SAR's Basic Law and bearing allegiance to the SAR.