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Facts about the Election

Polling day and hours
Nomination period
Term of office
Composition
Number of electors
1-person-2-votes
Who can vote?
Where to vote?
How to vote?
Checklist for Electors
Did you know?

 

Polling day:

9 September 2012

Polling hours:

7:30 am to 10:30 pm

Nomination period of candidature:

18 to 31 July 2012

Term of office:

The term of office of the newly elected Legislative Council Members will begin on 1 October 2012 and last for four years.


Composition (70 seats)
- 35 members to be returned from Geographical Constituencies
- 35 members to be returned from Functional Constituencies


Geographical Constituencies (“GCs”) (35 seats)

(1)

Hong Kong Island

7 seats

(2)

Kowloon West

5 seats

(3)

Kowloon East

5 seats

(4)

New Territories West

9 seats

(5)

New Territories East

9 seats

Voting system: List system of proportional representation


Functional Constituencies (“FCs”) (35 seats)

(1)

Heung Yee Kuk*

1 seat

(2)

Agriculture and Fisheries*

1 seat

(3)

Insurance*

1 seat

(4)

Transport*

1 seat

(5)

Education

1 seat

(6)

Legal

1 seat

(7)

Accountancy

1 seat

(8)

Medical

1 seat

(9)

Health Services

1 seat

(10)

Engineering

1 seat

(11)

Architectural, Surveying and Planning

1 seat

(12)

Labour

3 seats

(13)

Social Welfare

1 seat

(14)

Real Estate and Construction

1 seat

(15)

Tourism

1 seat

(16)

Commercial (first)

1 seat

(17)

Commercial (second)

1 seat

(18)

Industrial (first)

1 seat

(19)

Industrial (second)

1 seat

(20)

Finance

1 seat

(21)

Financial Services

1 seat

(22)

Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication

1 seat

(23)

Import and Export

1 seat

(24)

Textiles and Garment

1 seat

(25)

Wholesale and Retail

1 seat

(26)

Information Technology

1 seat

(27)

Catering

1 seat

(28)

District Council (first)

1 seat

(29)

District Council (second)

5 seats

Voting systems: Different voting systems apply to different FCs, namely (a) for the 4 special FCs (marked with * ), the preferential elimination system of voting; (b) for the District Council (second) functional constituency (“DC (second) FC”), the list system of proportional representation; and (c) for the remaining 24 ordinary FCs, the first-past-the-post voting system.


Number of electors

Geographical Constituencies: 3,466,201
Functional Constituencies: 240,735*
* Excluding 3,219,755 electors of the District Council (second) functional constituency
More details

Number of Electors Assigned to Each Ordinary Polling Station

Number of Registered Electors in Various Penal Institutions


1-person-2-votes

  • Each elector will have one vote for the GC and one vote for the FC.

  • All GC electors who are not registered in the 28 traditional FCs are automatically registered in the DC(second)FC, unless they elect not to be so registered.

  • An elector already registered in one of the 28 traditional FCs (except for the 4 special FCs and District Council (first) FC) may change registration to become an elector for the DC(second)FC. At any one time, a person can only be registered in one FC.


Who can vote?

  • Registered electors whose names have been included in the 2012 Final Register of Electors may cast their votes in the election.


Where to vote?

  • Each elector and authorised representative will be assigned to a designated polling station near his/her residential address registered in the Final Register of Electors.

  • A poll card showing information about the designated polling station of an individual elector or authorised representative will be issued to him/her before the polling day.

  • Elector or authorised representative with a disability may apply to the Registration and Electoral Office to vote at the designated special polling station in writing or by telephone not later than 4 September 2012.


How to vote?

  • Bring your Hong Kong Identity Card ("HKID card") to your designated polling station on 9 September 2012 (Sunday) during the polling hours (7:30 am to 10:30 pm).

  • Present your HKID card to the polling staff inside the polling station who will verify your personal particulars against the Final Register of Electors.

  • You will be given 1, 2 or 3 different ballot papers, depending on your entitlement, and a paper board together with a chop bearing a"tick". A black pen will also be given to an elector or authorized representative of the four special FCs.

  • You should mark your ballot paper(s) inside a voting compartment. Please follow the instructions given by polling staff and printed on the ballot paper(s) and on the notices inside the voting compartment. For example, as a GC and a FC (except the four special FCs) elector, you should only use a chop provided by polling staff to mark a "tick" in the circle of the list of candidates or opposite the name of candidate of your choice.

  • If you have made any mistake in marking the ballot paper, please return it to the Presiding Officer and ask for a replacement.

  • After marking a ballot paper:
    (a) a GC elector should fold it inward once to conceal the "tick" mark and then put it into the blue ballot box;
    (b) a DC (second) FC elector should similarly fold the ballot paper inward once and then put it into the white ballot box; and
    (c) an elector of the other FCs should not fold the ballot paper. He/She should turn it face down and insert it into the red ballot box.


Checklist for Electors

  • Do NOT solicit or accept any advantage (including money, gift, etc.), food, drink or entertainment from any person for not voting at an election, or voting or not voting for a particular candidate or a particular list of candidates.

  • Do NOT use or threaten to use force or duress to influence anyone's voting decision.

  • Do NOT vote in the election knowing that you have provided false information when registering as an elector or you are not eligible to vote in the election.

  • Do NOT communicate with other electors including showing your vote on the ballot paper to others or use mobile telephones or any other device for electronic communication within a polling station.

  • Do NOT film, take photographs or make any audio or video recording within a polling station.

  • Do NOT ask other electors to mark your ballot paper – in case of need, you may request the Presiding Officer to mark your ballot paper in the presence of a polling officer.

  • Do NOT interfere with other electors who are recording their votes.

Did you know?

Remarks : The above information is updated as at the polling day of the 2012 Legislative Council Election

 
 
 
   
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