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Over 1.5 million people registered on Consumption Voucher Scheme's first day of registration
     Registration for the Consumption Voucher Scheme (the Scheme) was in general smooth on the first day and the public responded enthusiastically, the Government said today (July 4). As at 6pm today, about 1.55 million people submitted electronic registration via the registration portal at the Scheme website (www.consumptionvoucher.gov.hk). Among them, over 1.3 million people authenticated their identity by answering security questions related to the Cash Payout Scheme launched last year. The process is simple and no queueing was required. As regards authentication via "iAM Smart", it was obstructed this morning because the system had once been heavily loaded. The situation has gradually improved since this afternoon. 

    The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, said that electronic registration is the fastest way to receive the consumption vouchers. Eligible registrants who have completed electronic registration in the coming two weeks (i.e. on or before July 17) will normally receive the first voucher on August 1 concurrently after their eligibility is confirmed. Therefore, members of the public do not need to rush for registration in the first few days.

    Those who choose to submit paper forms may drop the completed forms, together with a copy of their Hong Kong identity card, into the drop boxes at a total of 560 collection points in different districts, including all post offices and designated branches of Bank of China (Hong Kong), Bank of East Asia, Hang Seng Bank, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), during office hours starting from tomorrow (July 5). Eligible persons who submit paper forms or complete electronic registrations on or after July 18 will normally receive the first voucher on September 1 concurrently.

    The Scheme is open for registration until August 14 this year.

    The public may visit the Scheme website or call the hotline 18 5000 for more information.
Ends/Sunday, July 4, 2021
Issued at HKT 19:14
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