香港歷史性區選 首小時逾15.7萬人投票 破紀錄 Hong Kong’s Historic District Poll – Record 157000 Voted in First Hour
今日香港區議會選舉，是《逃犯條例》修訂引發大型示威後首場選舉，被視為選民對林鄭政府的一次考核，也是支持政的建制派的一次挑戰。市民投票擁躍，首小時逾15.7萬人投票，破紀錄。… Continue reading
The District Council election held in Hong Kong today is the first major elections after the large-scale demonstrations triggered by the amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. It is regarded as an assessment by the voters on the government of the Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and a challenge for the pro-establishment faction who supported the government’s amendments.
There are 1090 candidates in this year, competing for 452 seats, an increase of 21 seats from the previous year, with an average of 2.4 people competing for one seat, and the competition is the most intense. All constituencies must compete and no one is automatically elected.
Analysis showed out that the political turmoil caused by the extradition amendment has made many Hong Kong citizens aware of the need to use their ballot to prevent the governance system from being monopolised. Although the Pan-Democrats are expected to gain more seats, they may not be able to replace the pro-establishment faction to become the majority of the District Council.
The Hong Kong District Council is the local administrative organ. Its main job is to advise the Government on daily life matters such as municipal and district transportation. However, it affect some of the Legislative Council seats (the two functional constituencies of the Legislative Council can only be served by a District Councillor, accounting for 6 out of 70 legislators). Some members of the Election Committee, which is responsible for the selection of the Chief Executive, will be reserved for the District Council Chairman. Of the 1,200 members of the 2016 Chief Executive Election Committee, 117 are nominated and voted by the District Council members. Therefore, this election will have an impact on the next Legislative Council election and the 2022 Chief Executive election.
One key point of this District Council election is that no candidate is elected automatically. At least two candidates in all constituencies compete for all seats.
According to a poll conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong on behalf of Ming Pao daily news in October, more than half of the respondents said that they “completely distrust” the Hong Kong Police, and only 9.3% fully trust them. Professor Chung Kin-Was believes that this shows that the public feels that it is more necessary to check and balance the government. This kind of thinking “is naturally more beneficial to the pan-democrats.”
Chung said that he would not be overly optimistic about the pan-democratic elections, because regional issues related to people’s livelihood in district board elections are still important.
There are over 610 polling stations in Hong Kong. The voting time is from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. There are about 4.13 million registered voters in Hong Kong, of which 390,000 are newly registered voters.
Today, the public voted quite enthusiastically with long queues at polling stations in many district. More than 157,000 people voted in the first hour, far exceeding the previous election, breaking records.