2018 Legislative Council Kowloon West By-Election
By-election Brief
Polling Date and Hours
Number of Members to be Elected
Nomination Period
Who Can Vote?
Why Vote?
Voting System
Where to Vote?
How to Vote?
Document(s) Required for Collecting Ballot Paper
Checklist for Electors
Facilitation Measures for Electors with Special Needs

Polling Date and Hours

  Polling day: 25 November 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


Nomination Period

  Nomination period of candidature: 2 – 15 October 2018
  Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the Registration and Electoral Office (“REO”) website (www.reo.gov.hk), or collected at the following offices:
    District Offices
    Office of the Returning Officer
    Offices of REO (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).

Who Can Vote?

  A total of around 487,000 registered electors of the Kowloon West Geographical Constituency whose names have been included in the 2018 Final Register of Electors may cast their vote in the by-election.(Details)

Why Vote?

  To elect a Legislative Council Member for the Kowloon West Geographical Constituency.
  To exercise your civic rights and fulfil your civic responsibilities.

Voting System

  Each elector for the Kowloon West Geographical Constituency shall vote for only one candidate. The candidate who receives the largest number of valid votes in the constituency will be elected.

Where to Vote?

  Each elector of the Kowloon West 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 at least 10 days before the polling day.
  Whether the polling station allocated to an elector is accessible to electors with special needs (wheelchair users or persons have mobility difficulty) will be specified in the location map attached to the poll card. If the designated polling station is considered not accessible, these electors may apply to the REO to vote at other designated special polling station accessible to wheelchair users or electors who have mobility difficulty. Application can be submitted 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 20 November 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 “Document(s) Required for Collecting Ballot Paper” below for details) to your designated polling station on 25 November 2018 (Sunday) during the polling hours (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.).
  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 ballot paper, a cardboard together with a "tick" (tick) chop. The ballot paper is pre-folded by the polling staff.
  You must mark your ballot paper inside a voting compartment. Please follow the instructions given by polling staff and printed on the ballot paper 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 the ballot paper, please 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 ballot box.

1. Vote for ONE candidate only on the 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.

Document(s) Required for Collecting Ballot Paper

  With effect from 1 December 2017, a person applying for a ballot paper 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 Section 50 of the Electoral Affairs Commission (Electoral Procedure) (Legislative Council) Regulation (Cap. 541D).

Checklist for Electors

  The following actions are prohibited:
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Vote at an election knowing that you are not entitled to do so.
    Vote at an election after having knowingly or recklessly given false or misleading information (e.g. false principal residential address) to an electoral officer.
    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.
    Film, take photographs or make any audio or video recording within a polling station.
    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.
    Interfere with other electors who are casting their votes.


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