Around 4,900 people are eligible to cast their ballots today in an election selecting members of a powerful committee -- the Election Committee tasked with electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive and 40 lawmakers.
The Election Committee election today is the first of three elections that come after electoral changes in the city.
The 4,889 voters will elect 364 out of 1,500 members of the Election Committee today. The remaining 1,100 seats are uncontested.
The most competitive sector is the social welfare sector, with 23 candidates fighting for 12 seats.
As of 2pm, 3,231 or 66 percent of the voters have cast their ballot.
Voting will close at 6pm, while results of the election could be announced around midnight, Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah said.
There are five polling stations. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor visited the one at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning.
She said the election today is an important one, as it is the first one to implement the principle of “patriots ruling Hong Kong.” It will lay the foundation for the coming two elections – the Legislative Council election and the CE election.