Voting Begins in Crucial Hong Kong Election

Hong Kong, – The election for the sixth-term Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) began early on Sunday as hundreds of polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m. local time for registered electors to cast their votes.

Voting will end 15 hours later at 10:30 p.m. and final results of the election are expected to be unveiled on Monday.

The Legislative Council has 70 members, with 35 returned by geographical constituencies through direct elections, and the other 35 by functional constituencies.

Of the 289 validly nominated candidates for the election, 213 will compete for 35 seats in the five geographical constituencies.

A total of 595 polling stations have been opened on the polling day across Hong Kong, including 571 ordinary polling stations and 24 dedicated polling stations.

The LegCo is the legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Each term of office of a member is four years, except for the first term when it was set to be two years.

Source: Qatar News Agency