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HK voters turn out for 1st elections under new electoral system

By Chen Shuman | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-09-19 12:11
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Voters line up at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai to cast their ballots in the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections on Sept 19, 2021. [Photo by Calvin Ng/China Daily]

Voters began to arrive early Sunday morning at the polling stations across Hong Kong to cast their ballots for the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections, the first polls under the city's new electoral system.

The voting hours at five ordinary polling stations and one dedicated station run from 9 am to 6 pm.

Shortly after 9 am, the polling station at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai was already packed with the first batch of voters.

Voters head to a polling station for the Election Committee's Subsector Ordinary Elections at Kowloon Park Sports Center in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Sunday. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The other polling stations at venues including the Kowloon Park Sports Center, Sha Tin Town Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall and Tsuen Wan Princess Alexandra Community Center also saw a steady arrival of voters who lined up outside the stations in an orderly manner.

Before entering the polling stations, many people took photos with the banners at the entrance to memorize this special occasion.

Meeting the media after inspecting the polling station in Wan Chai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that today's elections, the first under the revamped electoral system, are of great importance and will lay a good foundation for the upcoming elections for the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.

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