MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Original ID required for voting

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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

Electors today were reminded to bring their original Hong Kong identity card (HKID) to cast their votes in the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections on Sunday.

On polling day, there will be 412 candidates contesting a total of 364 seats in 13 subsectors.

Five ordinary polling stations in the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Park Sports Centre, Tuen Mun Town Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall and Princess Alexandra Community Centre in Tsuen Wan and one dedicated polling station at Cheung Sha Wan Police Station will be set up for about 5,000 registered voters or authorised representatives of corporate voters of the contested subsectors.

The polling hours will be from 9am to 6pm.

The Registration & Electoral Office said an electronic poll register system will be used for the first time to issue ballot papers at ordinary polling stations in this election.

Voters or authorised representatives must show their HKID and temporarily pull their face mask aside at the ballot paper issuing desk as instructed, and polling staff will scan their HKID with the system’s tablet camera and issue ballot papers.

Electors are reminded to use the black pen provided by the polling station to fill in the oval next to the chosen candidate’s name on the ballot paper when voting.

They should put the marked ballot paper into the envelope and place it in the ballot box following the direction indicated by the arrow on the envelope. The ballot papers and envelopes should not be folded.

No facial recognition device will be installed in the polling stations. Voters or authorised representatives are prohibited from disturbing others or using electronic devices for communication, taking photographs or making a video or audio recording at a polling station.

Two queues will be set up at the polling station for the first time. One queue is for people aged 70 or above, pregnant women and those who have difficulty standing for a long time due to their physical condition, while the other queue is for the rest of the voters or authorised representatives.

A no canvassing zone will be designated outside each polling station to ensure that voters can gain access without interference.

Election enquiries can be made through the hotline at 2891 1001, which will operate from 8.30am to 6.30pm on polling day.

A complaints hotline 2827 7251 will also be in service from 9am to 6.30pm to handle complaints about breaches of electoral rules or guidelines.

Once the poll closes, the ballot boxes will be delivered to the central counting station at the Convention & Exhibition Centre for vote counting. Citizens can watch the counting process at the station’s designated area.

Electoral Affairs Commission Chairman Barnabas Fung chaired the first meeting of the Crisis Management Committee today to prepare for the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections.

Mr Fung pointed out that the Crisis Management Committee will assist the commission in closely monitoring the situation on polling day.

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