2018 Legislative Council By-election
By-election Brief
 
Polling day and hours
Number of Members to be Elected
Nomination period
Who can vote?
Why Vote?
Voting System
Where to vote?
How to vote?
Documents Required for Collecting Ballot Paper(s)
Checklist for Electors
Facilitation Measures for Electors with Special Needs
     

Polling day and hours

  Polling day: 11 March 2018 (Sunday)
  Polling hours: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (except for dedicated polling stations situated in prisons where the polling hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
     

Number of Members to be Elected

  One Member each for the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon West and New Territories East Geographical Constituencies
  One Member for the Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Functional Constituency
     

Nomination period

  Nomination period of candidature: 16 – 29 January 2018
  Nomination forms are available at the District Offices, offices of the Returning Officers and offices of the Registration and Electoral Office (“REO”) at 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong or Unit 2301-03, 23/F, Millennium City 6, 392 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. They can also be downloaded from the REO website (www.reo.gov.hk).
 

Who can vote?

  A total of around 2,100,000 registered electors of the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon West and New Territories East Geographical Constituencies and the Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Functional Constituency whose names have been included in the 2017 Final Register of Electors may cast their vote(s) in the by-election.(Details)
     

Why Vote?

  To elect a Legislative Council Member for each of the above-mentioned constituencies.
  To exercise your civic rights and fulfil your civic responsibilities.
     

Voting System

  Each elector for the above-mentioned Geographical and/or Functional Constituencies shall vote for only one candidate in the respective constituencies. The candidate who receives the largest number of valid votes in the constituency will be elected.
     

Where to vote?

  Each elector of the above-mentioned constituencies will be assigned to a designated polling station near his/her residential address registered in the Final Register of Electors as far as practicable. Electors in custody will be arranged to vote at dedicated polling stations in penal institutions or police stations as appropriate.
  A poll card showing information about the designated polling station of an individual elector will be issued to the respective electors at least 10 days before the polling day.
  Whether the polling station allocated to an elector is accessible to persons who are wheelchair users or have mobility difficulty will be specified in the location map attached to the poll card. Electors who are wheelchair users or have mobility difficulty and who find that the designated polling station is not accessible may apply to the REO to vote at the designated special polling station accessible to wheelchair users or electors who have mobility difficulty by fax (2891 1180), by email (reoenq@reo.gov.hk), by telephone (2891 1001) or by mail (Registration and Electoral Office, 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) not later than 6 March 2018 (Tuesday).
     

How to vote?

  Bring the original of your Hong Kong Identity Card (“HKID”) or other specified alternative document(s) (please refer to the section “Documents Required for Collecting Ballot Paper(s)” below for details) to your designated polling station on 11 March 2018 (Sunday) during the polling hours (7:30 am to 10:30 pm).
  Present the original of your HKID or other specified alternative document(s) to the polling staff inside the polling station who will verify your information against the final register.
  You will be given one or two ballot paper(s) depending on your entitlement, a cardboard together with a "tick" (tick) chop. The geographical constituency ballot papers are pre-folded by the polling staff.
  You must 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 notices inside the voting compartment.
  You must use the chop attached to the cardboard to stamp a "tick" (tick) on the ballot paper in the circle opposite the name of the candidate of your choice.
After marking a ballot paper:
    (a) geographical constituency elector should fold the ballot paper once according to the pre-folding by polling staff so that the marked side is inside to conceal the "tick" (tick) before putting it into the blue ballot box;
  (b) an elector of the Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Functional Constituency should not fold the ballot paper. Please turn it face down and insert it into the red ballot box.
  Notes:
    1. Vote for ONE candidate only on each ballot paper.
    2. You must use the chop provided. Do NOT use a pen or any other means to mark or amend your ballot paper. This will render your vote invalid.
    3. If you make any mistake in affixing the chop on a ballot paper or have advertently spoiled a ballot paper, you may return it to the Presiding Officer and ask for a replacement.
       

Documents Required for Collecting Ballot Paper(s)

  With effect from 1 December 2017, a person applying for ballot paper(s) should produce the original of his/her identity document (typically the HKID) or the following specified alternative document(s):
    (a) the original of a valid Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) Passport; or
    (b) the original of an acknowledgement of application for the HKID; or
    (c) the original of the person’s valid seaman’s identity book; or
    (d) the original of the person’s valid document of identity for visa purposes; or
    (e) a document evidencing a report to a police officer of the loss or destruction of the person’s HKID (commonly referred to as “a memo of lost property”), together with the original of a valid passport or similar travel document (e.g., a passport (other than the HKSAR Passport) or the Home Return Permit) showing his/her name and photograph, and a copy of his/her HKID in paper form.
For details, please refer to the text of section 50 of the Electoral Affairs Commission (Electoral Procedure) (Legislative Council) Regulation (Cap. 541D).
       

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.
  Do NOT offer any advantage, food, drink or entertainment to any person as an inducement to or a reward for the latter not to vote at an election, or to vote or not to vote for a particular candidate.
  Do NOT use or threaten to use force or duress against any person for inducing the latter to vote or not to vote at an election, or to vote or not to vote for a particular candidate.
  Do NOT vote at an election knowing that you are not entitled to do so.
  Do NOT vote at an election after having knowingly or recklessly given false or misleading information (e.g. false principal residential address) to an electoral officer.
  Do NOT communicate with other electors including showing your vote(s) on the ballot paper(s) 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(s) – in case of need, you may request the Presiding Officer to mark your ballot paper(s) in the presence of a polling officer.
  Do NOT interfere with other electors who are recording their votes.

 

 
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