Electronic poll system in use for Election Committee Subsector Elections

Local | 23 Jul 2021 5:48 pm

An electronic poll register system will be in use for the first time to issue ballot papers in the upcoming Election Committee Subsector Elections, and polling hours will be shortened to only nine hours. 

The Electoral Affairs Commission today announced the Guidelines on Election-related Activities in respect of the elections according to the Electoral Affairs Commission Ordinance.

"The Guidelines cover two different aspects, namely to explain the relevant electoral legislative provisions, and to promulgate a code of conduct in election-related activities based on the fair and equal treatment principle,” said the commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah.

The Guidelines said an electronic poll register system will be used for the first time in the election for issuing ballot papers at polling stations for more efficient and accurate issuance of ballot papers.

Upon entry to the polling station, a voter of a corporate voter will be directed to one of the ballot paper issuing desks to collect the ballot paper.

The polling staff will then check the voter's Hong Kong identity card, and then scan the ID card with a tablet so as to verify the subsector of the voter and ascertain the types of ballot papers to be issued.

The Guidelines added that as the number of registered voters has reduced to about 8,000, the committee decided to shorten the polling hours from 15 hours between 7.30am and 10.30pm to nine hours between 9am and 6pm.

The Election Committee is composed of five sectors, comprising industrial, commercial and financial sectors; the professions; grassroots, labour, religious and other sectors.

The other two sectors comprised of Legislative Council Members and representatives of district organisations and other organisations; and HKSAR deputies to the National People's Congress, HKSAR members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and representatives of Hong Kong members of relevant national organisations.

The elections will be held on September 19, while nomination for the elections will run from August 6 until August 12.

A nomination form must be subscribed by not less than five voters registered for the Election Committee subsector concerned.

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