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LegCo by-election to be held on May 16

The following is issued on behalf of the Electoral Affairs Commission:

     The Electoral Affairs Commission announced today (February 22) that a Legislative Council (LegCo) by-election will be held on Sunday, May 16.

     "The by-election will be held to fill one vacant office for each of the five geographical constituencies of the LegCo. The five geographical constituencies are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon West, Kowloon East, New Territories West and New Territories East," a Commission spokesman said.

     "In accordance with the electoral laws, the nomination period must not be less than 14 days or more than 21 days.  It must end not less than 28 days and not more than 42 days before the polling day.  The nomination period will be announced in due course.  Both the polling date and the nomination period will be published in the Government gazette in accordance with the electoral regulation," the spokesman continued.

     The Electoral Affairs Commission will ensure that the by-election will be conducted in an open, fair and honest manner.

Ends/Monday, February 22, 2010
Issued at HKT 11:31


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