2016 Legislative Council New Territories East Geographical Constituency By-election
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Polling Date and Hours
Number of Member to be elected
Nomination period
Eligibility for Nomination
Nomination Procedures
Who can vote?
Why Vote?
Voting System
Where to vote?
How to vote?
Checklist for Electors

Polling Date and Hours

  28 February 2016 (Sunday)
  7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (except for dedicated polling stations situated in prisons)

Number of Members to be elected


Nomination period

  5 – 18 January 2016

Eligibility for Nomination

  A registered elector in a geographical constituency who has reached 21 years of age
  Has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for the three years immediately preceding the nomination
  Fulfilled other nomination criteria set out in section 37 of the Legislative Council Ordinance (Cap. 542)

Nomination Procedures

  Nomination forms are available at the District Offices and the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) at 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. They can also be downloaded from the REO website (www.reo.gov.hk).
  A nomination form must be subscribed by at least 100, but not more than 200, registered electors of the New Territories East Geographical Constituency. Each elector may subscribe only one nomination.

Who can vote?

  A total of around 940,000 registered electors of the New Territories East Geographical Constituency whose names have been included in the 2015 Final Register of Electors for Geographical Constituencies may cast their vote in the by-election.

Why vote?

  To elect a Legislative Council Member for the New Territories East Geographical Constituency.
  To exercise your civic rights and fulfil your civic responsibilities.

Voting System

  Each elector of the New Territories East Geographical Constituency shall vote for only one candidate. The candidate who receives the largest number of valid votes will be elected.

Where to vote?

  Each elector of the New Territories East Geographical Constituency 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 about 10 days before the polling day.
  Elector with disability finding 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 by fax (2891 1180) or by telephone (2891 1001) not later than 23 February 2016 (Tuesday).

How to vote?

  Bring your HKID card to your designated polling station on 28 February 2016 (Sunday) during polling hours.
  Present your HKID card to the polling staff inside the polling station who will verify your information in the electoral roll.
  You will be given a ballot paper, a paper board together with a chop bearing a "tick" (tick).
  Inside the voting compartment, affix the chop on the ballot paper in the circle next to the name of the candidate of your choice.
  Fold the ballot paper inward in half along the dotted line as indicated to conceal the "tick" (tick) before putting it into the ballot box.
  Illustration on Guidance on Voting Procedure


    1. Vote for ONE candidate only.
  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 applying the chop on the ballot paper, please return it to the Presiding Officer and ask for a replacement ballot paper.

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 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 (e.g. false residential address) to an electoral officer.
  Do NOT communicate with other electors 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.
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