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Change of voter registration particulars to close on April 2
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     The Registration and Electoral Office (REO) today (March 26) urged registered electors to fulfil their civic responsibility by notifying the REO of any changes in residential address or other registration particulars by April 2 (Monday), the statutory deadline for change of registration particulars. Eligible persons who have not yet registered as electors are reminded to submit applications by May 2.
 
     "According to electoral law, electors applying for change of registered address are required to submit address proof at the same time. This will facilitate the REO's verification of the accuracy of the electors' address information, thereby enhancing the accuracy of the registers of electors. Electors should use the application form (as in attachment 1) for change of registration particulars.
 
     "To assist electors, those who are registered tenants of public rental housing under the Housing Department (HD) or the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) will be exempted from the requirement for submitting address proof when they apply for change of registered addresses. The REO will check with the HD and the HKHS to verify the address information of the electors concerned in the latest tenancy records. As regards the details of the exemption from the address proof requirement, as well as the acceptable types of address proof and related arrangements, please refer to the guidance notes in the application form," a spokesman for the REO said.
 
     Since the deadline for the change of registration particulars this year, i.e. April 2, is a public holiday, the REO will make special arrangements to facilitate the submission of applications by the public. The offices of the REO at 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, and 13/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, will be open from 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6pm on April 2 to receive application forms submitted by members of the public by hand. This special arrangement is only applicable to April 2. The offices of the REO will be closed as usual from March 30 (Friday) to April 1 (Sunday) during the Easter holiday period. 
 
     The REO also reminds eligible persons who have yet to register as electors to sign up by May 2, the statutory deadline for new registration, so that their registration particulars can be included in the final register to be released in July this year. Hong Kong permanent residents holding an identity document who have reached 18 years of age and are ordinarily residing in Hong Kong are eligible to register as electors. When registering as an elector, the applicant will also become an elector in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency, commonly known as the Super District Council. Please refer to attachment 2 for the application form for new registration.
 
     "In addition to residential addresses, electors should also provide their telephone numbers and email addresses to the REO, so that the REO can contact them more promptly and efficiently if necessary, and they may receive election mail from candidates via email," the spokesman said.
 
     "Members of the public may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System (www.voterinfo.gov.hk) anytime to check their own registration particulars, or make enquiries to the REO hotline at 2891 1001," the spokesman said.
 
     Forms for voter registration and updating of registration particulars are available at the REO, District Offices and the management offices of public housing estates. They can also be downloaded from the voter registration website (www.voterregistration.gov.hk).
 
     Apart from the submission of voter registration application forms to the REO offices, members of the public may also submit completed forms by mail to the REO at 13/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, by fax to 2891 1180 or by email to [email protected].
 
Ends/Monday, March 26, 2018
Issued at HKT 11:31
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