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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)

The Government is studying the feasibility of allowing voting outside Hong Kong and will not rush to introduce such a plan until it takes all relevant factors into consideration, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said today.

During a press conference this afternoon, Mr Tsang explained why the Government does not have a fixed timetable for introducing voting outside Hong Kong.

“We would like to improve our electoral arrangement, but we have to make sure that all of our public elections are conducted in an open, fair and honest manner. That’s our main objective.

“Of course, if we can do it faster, we will try to roll it out faster. If we can do it next year, before the Legislative Council General Election, that would be good.

“But we have to practically study its feasibility – whether it is legal, logistically okay and operationally feasible. We have to study it very carefully because, after all, we have to make sure our elections are conducted in such a manner.”

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