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Polling date and hours:

  • 11 December 2016 (Sunday)
  • 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (except for dedicated polling stations situated in penal institutions where the polling hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Nomination period: 8 to 14 November 2016

General qualifications for candidature:

  • a registered geographical constituency elector; and
  • a registered voter of the concerned subsector/sub-subsector or has a substantial connection with that subsector/sub-subsector

Nomination Forms:

  • Nomination forms are available at the District Offices, offices of the Returning Officers, and the Registration and Electoral (“REO”) Office at 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai or Units 2301-2303, 23/F, Millennium City 6, 392 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong. They can also be downloaded from the REO website ( or this website.
No. of subscribers required for nomination: 5 registered voters of the concerned subsector or sub-subsector

Amount of election deposit: $1,000

Voting system: first past the post

No. of polling stations: about 110 ordinary polling stations and about 8 dedicated polling stations (a voter may only vote at the polling station allocated to him/her by the Chief Electoral Officer)

No. of counting station: 1

Functions of the Election Committee:

  • to nominate and elect the Chief Executive

Composition of the 1,200-member Election Committee when the term of office commences on 1 February 2017Note:

(1) 1,034 members elected from 35 subsectors;
(2) 60 members nominated by the religious subsector; and
(3) 106 ex-officio members (Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress and Legislative Council members).

No. of Members of the 38 Election Committee Subsectors:

1. Heung Yee Kuk (26) 20. Finance (18)
2. Agriculture and fisheries (60) 21. Financial services (18)
3. Insurance (18) 22. Sports, performing arts, culture and publication (60)
4. Transport (18) 23. Import and export (18)
5. Education (30) 24. Textiles and garment (18)
6. Legal (30) 25. Wholesale and retail (18)
7. Accountancy (30) 26. Information technology (30)
8. Medical (30) 27. Higher education (30)
9. Health services (30) 28. Hotel (17)
10. Engineering (30) 29. Catering (17)
11. Architectural, surveying, planning and landscape (30) 30. Chinese medicine (30)
12. Labour (60) 31. Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (51)
13. Social welfare (60) 32. Employers' Federation of Hong Kong (16)
14. Real estate and construction (18) 33. Hong Kong and Kowloon District Councils (57)
15. Tourism (18) 34. New Territories District Councils (60)
16. Commercial (first) (18) 35. Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association (16)
17. Commercial (second) (18) 36. National People's Congress (36)
18. Industrial (first) (18) 37. Legislative Council (70)
19. Industrial (second) (18) 38. Religious (60)


  1. Figure in brackets denotes no. of members.
  2. Members from subsectors (1) to (35) are returned by elections.
  3. The no. of members allocated to the sports, performing arts, culture and publication subsector is divided among the following four sub-subsectors:


    Sports sub-subsector (15 members)
    Performing arts sub-subsector (15 members)
    Culture sub-subsector (15 members)
    Publication sub-subsector (15 members)
  4. No. of members nominated by the six designated bodies of the religious subsector:


    Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong (10 members)
    Chinese Muslim Cultural and Fraternal Association (10 members)
    Hong Kong Christian Council (10 members)
    The Hong Kong Taoist Association (10 members)
    The Confucian Academy (10 members)
    The Hong Kong Buddhist Association (10 members)

Maximum Scale of Election Expenses:

(a) for an election for one of the following 8 subsectors, viz, Agriculture and fisheries, Insurance, Transport, Hotel, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Heung Yee Kuk, Hong Kong and Kowloon District Councils, and New Territories District Councils subsectors $100,000
(b) for an election for a subsector or sub-subsector other than those in (a) above with not more than 5,000 registered voters $160,000
(c) for an election for a subsector or sub-subsector with between 5,001 and 10,000 registered voters $320,000
(d) for an election for a subsector or sub-subsector with over 10,000 registered voters $480,000

Who can vote?

  • Registered voters whose names have been included in the 2016 Final Register of Voters may cast their votes in the elections. You may search the “Online Voter Information Enquiry System” ( to see if you are a registered voter and if applicable, your registration particulars in the above Register.

No. of registered voters of subsectors

Where to vote?

  • Each voter or authorised representative (“AR”) will be assigned to a designated polling station.
  • A poll card showing information about the designated polling station of a voter or an AR will be issued to him/her at least five days before the polling day. Voter or AR in custody will be arranged to vote at a dedicated polling station in a penal institution or police station as appropriate.
  • All ordinary polling stations are accessible to persons who are wheelchair users or have mobility difficulty.

How to vote?

  • Bring along your Hong Kong Identity Card* to your designated polling station on 11 December 2016 (Sunday) during the polling hours (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.), and present it to the polling staff inside the polling station who will verify your personal particulars against the subsector final register.

    * Section 50(1) of the Electoral Affairs Commission (Electoral Procedure) (Election Committee) Regulations (Cap. 541I) stipulates that the Presiding Officer must not issue a ballot paper to a person unless that Officer is satisfied by inspecting that person's identity document or any other document showing the person's name and photograph that he or she is the person registered in the subsector final register, whom he or she claims to be.  For enquiries, please contact the REO.
  • You will be given one or two different ballot paper(s), depending on your entitlement, the corresponding no. of envelope(s) and a cardboard.
  • You should mark your ballot paper(s) inside a voting compartment with the black pen attached to the compartment. Please follow the instructions given by polling staff and printed on the ballot paper(s) and on the notices inside the compartment. In gist, please:
  1. shade the ovals opposite the names of the candidates of your choice with the pen provided;
  2. vote for no more than the prescribed number of seats in the relevant subsector or sub-subsector (that number will be shown on the ballot paper and is listed out under “No. of Members of the 38 Election Committee Subsectors” on this webpage); and
  3. put the marked ballot paper into the envelope provided at the polling station, and put the envelope containing the ballot paper into the ballot box as directed by the arrow on the envelope.  Do not fold the ballot paper or the envelope.
  • Because of the considerable number of candidates, it is in principle alright for voters to bring along a piece of paper listing the names or numbers of the candidates of their choice for easy reference when marking the ballot papers. Nevertheless, voters should not show the paper to other people inside the polling station and they should take the paper with them when leaving the polling station. Otherwise, the voters concerned may violate the law.
  • If you make any error in marking a ballot paper or have inadvertently spoiled a ballot paper, you may return the ballot paper to the Presiding Officer and ask for a replacement.

Facilitation Measures for Voters with Special Needs

Checklist for Voters

  • Do NOT solicit or accept any advantage (including gift, money, etc.), food, drink or entertainment from any person for not voting at an election, or voting or not voting for a particular candidate or particular candidates.
  • Do NOT use or threaten to use force or duress to influence anyone's voting decision.
  • Do NOT vote at an election knowing that you are not entitled to do so; or after having knowingly or recklessly given false or misleading information to an electoral officer.
  • Do NOT display or wear within a polling station any badge, emblem, clothing or head-dress which may promote or prejudice the election of a candidate or candidates at the subsector election; or makes direct reference to a political body in Hong Kong or to a body any member of which is standing as a candidate at the subsector election.
  • Do NOT communicate with other voters including showing your votes 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 voters 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 voters who are recording their votes.

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