District Council Elections | 171 candidates vying for 88 directly elected seats; the number of voters exceeded one million, down nearly 60% from the same period last term | Yahoo News | Continuously updated

District Council Election|171 candidates compete for 88 directly elected seats, turnout rate becomes the focus|Yahoo News|Continuously updated

[Yahoo News District Election Report]Today (December 10) is the voting day for the district council election. 4.33 million voters can participate in the “geographical constituency” voting from 8:30 this morning to 10:30 tonight. The election has been going on for 11 hours. The government announced that the voting rate as of 7:30 pm was 24.53%, with 1.063 million people participating in the district council election. The “Regional Committee” sector election ended at 2:30, with a turnout rate of 96.92%, with 2,454 people voting.

In the 2019 District Council election, the voting rate in the first 11 hours (0730-1830) was 60.36%, with 2.495 million people voting; as for the previous election, the voting rate as of 7:30 pm was 63.65%, with 2.63 million people voting.

After the reorganization of the electoral system, the number of “local constituencies” of the District Council has been greatly reduced from 452 in the previous term to only 44 at present. Each constituency now has 2 directly elected seats, which are elected by the “two-seat single-vote system”, that is, Each voter casts only one vote, and the two candidates with the most votes are elected.

In this year’s direct election, 171 candidates competed for 88 seats, with an average of 1.94 candidates competing for 1 seat. There are more candidates competing for “Yau Tsim Mong South” and “Tai Po North”, with 6 candidates each. “Yahoo News” also interviewed the local residents about the situation of “Tai Po North” earlier.

No non-establishment figures have “entered the gate” to run for office

It is worth mentioning that there are no non-establishment candidates as candidates in this district council election. Currently, anyone who signs up to participate in district direct elections must first be nominated by three members from each of the “regional committees”, commonly known as the “three committees”.

The turnout rate in this year’s district election has become one of the focuses of the news. Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-kee recently stated that there would be no estimate of turnout and no hard target. However, in order to promote the district elections, the government held a “District Election Colorful Day” yesterday and convened nearly a hundred singers and artists, including Wang Mingquan, Kwong Mei-wan, Maria Cordero and others, hold large-scale concerts in West Kowloon.

According to data, the turnout rate in the 2019 district election was 71.23%, the highest ever. As for the last direct district election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate for the district direct election was 30.2%.

Number of seats not directly elected: 382

In addition to the 88 directly elected seats, this district election has added a new category of “District Committee” with 176 seats, which are elected by unanimous vote by members of the “three associations” in the 18 districts. The current number of members of the “Three Associations” is 2,533. The voting time for the “Regional Committee” sector is from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. In addition, the government will announce the list of 179 appointed district councilors after the election; 27 “ex-officio councilors” will continue to be served by the chairmen of each rural committee.

“Yahoo News” will keep up with the latest news about district elections and continuously update reports.

[Polling station opening hours]

“Geographical Constituency” polling stations: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

“District Committee” constituency polling station: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Electoral Affairs Commission announced at about 8 p.m. that due to a malfunction in the electronic electoral register system, the voting time will be postponed accordingly. Please pay attention to the announcement of the Electoral Affairs Commission for details. For enquiries, please call the Registration and Registration Office hotline 2891 1001.

【20:30】

The Electoral Affairs Commission announced that due to a malfunction in the electronic elector register system, all polling stations in the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election have switched to using printed copies of the final elector register to issue ballots at 8:12. Affected voters please be patient. Due to the above reasons, the voting time will be postponed accordingly. Please pay attention to the announcement of the Electoral Affairs Commission for details.

【19:30】

The government stated that as of 7:30 pm, 1,062,936 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 24.53%.

In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first 11 hours (0730-1830) was 60.36%, with 2.495 million people voting; as of 7:30 pm, the turnout rate was 63.65%, with 2.63 million people voting.

【19:00】

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) issued a press release in the afternoon, stating that it had arrested another woman for allegedly reposting a post on an online social platform page during the District Council election that incited others to boycott the District Council election. Information shows that the arrested woman is a 51-year-old female clerk.

【18:30】

The government stated that as of 6:30 pm, 990,307 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 22.85%. Kwun Tong currently leads the 18 districts in voting rate, with 24.82%.

In the 2019 District Council election, the voting rate in the first 11 hours (0730-1830) was 60.36%, with 2.495 million people voting; as of 6:30 pm, the voting rate was 60.36%, with 2.495 million people voting.

【18:00】

“Yahoo News” reporters visited the polling stations Lung Cheung Government Secondary School and Wong Tai Sin Government Primary School in the Wong Tai Sin East constituency this afternoon. Most of the people who went to vote were middle-aged and elderly people, and young voters were rare. Ms. Luo, 55, has also voted in district council elections in the past. She said that she had to queue for nearly 30 minutes to vote in the last election, but today there is no need to wait. When asked if she could recognize each candidate in the district, Ms. Luo said, “I don’t, but I saw this person and felt that it would help others, so I just stamped it and relied on my own feeling.”

【16:50】

The government stated that as of 4:30 pm, 831,717 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 19.19%. Kwun Tong currently leads the 18 districts in voting rate, with 20.92%.

In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first eight hours (0730-1530) was 47.26%, with 1.953 million people voting; as of 4:30 pm, the turnout rate was 52.14%, with 2.154 million people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first 8 hours (0830 – 1630) was 21.02%, with 940,000 people voting.

【15:50】

The government stated that as of 3:30 pm, 751,120 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 17.33%. Kwun Tong currently leads the 18 districts in voting rate, with 18.9%.

In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first seven hours (0730-1430) was 42.26%, with 1.746 million people voting; as of 3:30 pm, the turnout rate was 47.26%, with 1.953 million people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first 7 hours (0830 – 1530) was 18.77%, with 839,000 people voting.

【15:45】

Voter turnout has become one of the concerns of this district election. However, the official website of the Registration and Electoral Office is not as good as before this year. A chart is attached to show the comparison between turnout rate and the previous two elections. There will be relevant comparison charts for the “improved” Legislative Council elections in 2021, but no comparison charts have been provided this time.

【15:35】

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) issued a press release in the afternoon, stating that they arrested a couple today (10th) for allegedly inciting others online to vote invalidly in the District Council elections, in violation of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance. Information shows that the arrested woman worked as a clerical officer at the Department of Health.

【15:20】

The Civil Service Bureau said it organized civil service volunteer teams from different departments to go to the elderly centers on polling day to assist the elderly in need to go to the polling stations to vote. Photos posted by the authorities on Facebook show civil servant volunteers pushing wheelchairs to take elderly people to the polling stations to cast their votes.

There were civil servant volunteers pushing wheelchairs to take the elderly to the polling stations to vote.There were civil servant volunteers pushing wheelchairs to take the elderly to the polling stations to vote.

There were civil servant volunteers pushing wheelchairs to take the elderly to the polling stations to vote.

【15:05】

A voter who voted in To Kwa Wan said that the voting atmosphere this year was similar to previous years, but the flow of people was not too much. He said that the flow of people was more in previous years. This year, the EAC specially reminded that paper with candidate numbers can be brought into the polling station for reference, but it cannot be shown to others; some citizens enter the polling station holding candidate leaflets.

Some citizens entered the polling station holding candidate leaflets. The EAC said voters would not be breaking the law as long as they did not show the leaflet to others inside the polling station.Some citizens entered the polling station holding candidate leaflets. The EAC said voters would not be breaking the law as long as they did not show the leaflet to others inside the polling station.

Some citizens entered the polling station holding candidate leaflets. The EAC said voters would not be breaking the law as long as they did not show the leaflet to others inside the polling station.

【14:55】

The government stated that as of 2:30 pm, 670,388 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 15.47%. Kwun Tong currently leads the 18 districts in voting rate, with 16.93%.

In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first six hours (0730-1330) was 36.89%, with 1.52 million people voting; as of 2:30 pm, the turnout rate was 42.26%, with 1.746 million people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first six hours (0830 – 1430) was 16.66%, with 745,000 people voting.

【13:50】

The government stated that as of 1:30 pm, 585,609 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 13.51%. In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first five hours (0730-1230) was 30.98%, with 1.28 million people voting; as of 1:30 pm, the turnout rate was 36.89%, with 1.524 million people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first five hours (0830 – 1330) was 14.39%, with 643,000 people voting.

【13:45】

Chairman of the Social Democratic League Chen Baoying, Vice Chairman of External Affairs Zhou Jiafa, and Vice Chairman of Internal Affairs Yu Weibin were arrested this morning at the Chinese People’s Bank of Central. The police responded that officers from the Central District Police Station intercepted two men and a woman at Queen’s Road Central near Pedder Street at about 8:00 this morning. After preliminary investigation, they suspected that the three men and women, aged between 31 and 67, were trying to Inciting others to interfere with the District Council election, the officers arrested the three men and women. They are currently being detained for investigation.

【13:20】

“Yahoo News” reporters arrived at the polling station, Yuen Yuen College, Chan Kwok Chiu Hing Tak Primary School, which belongs to the Tuen Mun North constituency this morning. They found that there were private cars and tourist buses with the words “Polling Station (Holiday)” on the fronts outside the polling station. There were three in total. A vehicle takes elderly voters to and from the polling station. The reporter learned from the driver and coordinating volunteers that a man said they were volunteers from the Futai Residents Association. A review of past reports revealed that the Futai Residents Association has a close relationship with the Federation of Trade Unions.

“Yahoo News” has inquired with the Electoral Affairs Commission and is awaiting a reply.

Someone was responsible for picking up voters on the Someone was responsible for picking up voters on the

Someone was responsible for picking up voters on the “charity bus” tour bus, and a waiting area was set up. Tour buses are parked at the parking lot between Sau Tai House and May Tai House in Fu Tai Estate.

A tour bus was arranged to take elderly voters to the polling station of Yuen Yuen College Chan Kwok Chiu Hing Tak Primary School in the Tuen Mun North constituency.A tour bus was arranged to take elderly voters to the polling station of Yuen Yuen College Chan Kwok Chiu Hing Tak Primary School in the Tuen Mun North constituency.

A tour bus was arranged to take elderly voters to the polling station of Yuen Yuen College Chan Kwok Chiu Hing Tak Primary School in the Tuen Mun North constituency.

【12:45】

The government stated that as of 12:30, 502,712 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 11.6%. In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first four hours (0730-1130) was 24.37%, with 1.007 million people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first four hours (0830 – 1230) was 12.08%, with 540,000 people voting.

【12:00】

Liu Chengli, chairman of the non-establishment political party “ADPL”Express on social networking sites“We voted left! Let’s vote in District 1210 and build a better community together!”

The Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood stated earlier that it intended to field two people in this district election. Kwok Wai-shing and Chow Kai-lam planned to run for Sham Shui Po East and Tuen Mun West respectively, but in the end they failed to obtain nominations and were unable to run.

Chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, Liu Chengli, said that he had already voted in the district council election.Chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, Liu Chengli, said that he had already voted in the district council election.

Chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, Liu Chengli, said that he had already voted in the district council election.

【11:45】

The government stated that as of 11:30, 398,930 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 9.21%. In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first three hours (0730-1030) was 17.43%, with 720,000 people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first three hours (0830 – 1130) was 9.35%, with 418,000 people voting.

【11:00】

Voters came to the polling stations to cast their votes one after another. Some citizens were given cards after voting. The cover had the title “Building a Better Community Together” and different attractions in Hong Kong. There was a text printed on the inner page: “Thank you for casting your precious vote. Let us work together to build a beautiful and harmonious community!” Some citizens held cards and slogans to check in as a souvenir.

Some voters checked in with placards as a souvenir.  (Photo: YCW)Some voters checked in with placards as a souvenir.  (Photo: YCW)

Some voters checked in with placards as a souvenir. (Photo: YCW)

【10:45】

The government stated that as of 10:30, 270,310 people had participated in voting in the district council elections, with a cumulative turnout rate of 6.24%. In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first two hours (0730-0930) was 10.41%, with 430,000 people voting.

For the last direct regional election, the 2021 Legislative Council election, the turnout rate in the first two hours (0830 – 1030) was 6.36%, with 284,000 people voting.

【10:20】

Chief Secretary for Administration Chan Kwok-kee said that the expenses for the “District Election Colorful Day” and music performances have not been calculated, but the government organizes activities to make the people happy. The goal is not to make the turnout “higher or lower”, but to understand the importance of voting. , he emphasized that the government should spend money “as it should.”

【09:50】

The government stated that in the first hour of the district election, 135,255 people had voted, with a cumulative turnout rate of 3.12%. In the 2019 District Council election, the turnout rate in the first hour (0730-0830) was 3.82%, with 157,000 people voting.

【09:45】

“Yahoo News” received news that the Chairman of the Social Democratic League, Chen Baoying, Vice Chairman of External Affairs Zhou Jiafa, and Vice Chairman of Internal Affairs Yu Weibin were arrested at the Chinese People’s Bank of Central and taken to the Central District Police Station for investigation. The Social Democratic League itself planned to protest outside Bishop Koh College in the morning to Chief Executive Li Jiachao, who was attending the vote.

【09:40】

Li Ka-chiu said that the district councilors to be elected will be “patriots” and will not betray the interests of Hong Kong and the country. The new district council will “return to its original intention” and serve the public as a non-governmental organization.

【09:20】

Chief Executive Lee Ka-chiu and his wife arrived at the polling station and cast their votes at the Bishop’s College polling station.

Li Jiachao and his wife went to their polling station to vote.  (TMHK live screenshot)Li Jiachao and his wife went to their polling station to vote.  (TMHK live screenshot)

Li Jiachao and his wife went to their polling station to vote. (TMHK live screenshot)

【Related reports】

District Council Election|News constantly updated

District Council Elections | The Registration and Electoral Office website does not have a chart showing the turnout rate compared with the previous two elections as before

District Council Election|ICAC arrested a couple for inciting online votes to be invalidated in district elections

District Council Election|Civil Service Volunteer Team visits doors to transport elderly people in wheelchairs to vote at polling stations

District Council Election|To Kwa Wan Voters: No need to queue to vote, the crowds are lower than in previous years

District Council Election|There is a “volunteer vehicle” at the Tuen Mun Hing Tak Primary School polling station to pick up elderly voters. Volunteers claim to be Fu Tai Residents Association and deny receiving government subsidies.

District Council Election|Voters received gift cards after voting and citizens checked in as souvenirs|Photo Album

District Council Election|Lee Ka-chiu: The new district councilors will not betray the interests of Hong Kong and the country

It is reported that the social democratic party Chen Baoying, Zhou Jiafa and Yu Weibin were arrested in Central and were originally scheduled to protest against Li Jiachao at Bishop Ko’s College.

On the colorful day of the district election, many department heads attended the West Kowloon University performance, including Lam Zixiang, Fei Ma and nearly a hundred singers and artistes to support the performance.

Picture Album|Colorful District Election Sunshine Rainbow, Puzzle Playing, Green Points in District Elections, Government’s Unexpected Moves to Promote District Elections

District elections・Watching movies|Is the election atmosphere exciting?Test whether Tai Po residents recognize the candidates

【Reference】

2019 District Council Election Voter Turnout

2021 Legislative Council election turnout

2023 District Council Election Voter Turnout

2023-12-10 11:57:00
#District #Council #Elections #candidates #vying #elected #seats #number #voters #exceeded #million #period #term #Yahoo #News #Continuously #updated

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.