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Poll for Eastern District Council by-election to be held tomorrow

     Electors of the Eastern District Council Nam Fung Constituency are urged to vote in the by-election for their constituency tomorrow (May 18).

     A polling station, located at Quarry Bay Community Hall, G/F, Quarry Bay Community Complex, 1 Greig Road, Hong Kong will be open to electors from 7.30am to 10.30pm.

     "Voting is very simple. It just takes a few minutes to vote," a spokesman for the Registration and Electoral Office said today (May 17).

     "All electors need to do is to show their identity document at the polling station where they will be issued a ballot paper, use the chop provided to stamp a tick on the ballot paper in the circle opposite the name of the chosen candidate, and fold the ballot paper inward in half before putting it into the ballot box," he said.

     For electors of the Nam Fung Constituency who are remanded or detained by law enforcement agencies other than the Correctional Services Department (CSD) on the polling day of the by-election, and who have expressed their wish to vote in the by-election, arrangements have been made for them to vote at the dedicated polling station located at Happy Valley Police Station, 60 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. The polling hours will be from 7.30am to 10.30pm.

     Two dedicated polling stations will also be set up in penal institutions for electors in the constituency who are imprisoned or remanded in the CSD's custody to cast their votes in their respective penal institutions. For security reasons, the polling hours will be from 9am to 4pm.

     The voting procedure and the venue set-up at the dedicated polling stations are basically the same as those of the ordinary polling station.

     The spokesman reminded people that according to the law, the polling stations are restricted areas accessible only by electors and authorised people.

     "Unauthorised people are strictly prohibited from using mobile phones, taking photographs, filming, and making video or audio recordings in the polling stations," he said.

     Enquiries about the by-election can be made to the election hotline at 2891 1001, which will operate from 7am to 11pm tomorrow.

     A complaints hotline, 2827 7251, will also be in service from 7.30am to 11pm tomorrow to handle complaints about breaches of electoral rules and guidelines.

     Once the poll is closed, the polling station at Quarry Bay Community Hall will be converted into a counting station. People are welcome to watch the vote counting within the designated area at the counting station.

     To protect the secrecy of votes, the ballot boxes of the dedicated polling station will be delivered to the main counting station at Quarry Bay Community Hall for opening after the close of polling. The ballot papers concerned will be mixed with the ballot papers cast at the main counting station before counting of votes begins.

     "The Returning Officer will declare the election results at the counting station at Quarry Bay Community Hall," the spokesman said.

     The two candidates contesting the by-election are Cheung Kwok-cheong (Howard Cheung) (No. 1) and Lee Ching-har (No. 2).

     The elected candidate will fill the vacant office for an elected member of the Eastern District Council.

Ends/Saturday, May 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:33


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