This photo dated April 25, 2019 shows the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (PHOTO/HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG – About 71 percent of participants in a recent survey are confident that the upcoming Legislative Council election will provide fair competition under the revamped electoral system.
Among the 1,069 registered voters who were interviewed, 63 percent of them estimate that the next LegCo will comprise members of different political persuasions.
Thirty-two percent of respondents said land and housing issues concerned them most in the elections, followed by 17 percent focusing on poverty problems and elderly care, and 14 percent on medical and health issues
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Thirty-two percent of respondents said land and housing issues concerned them most in the elections, followed by 17 percent focusing on poverty problems and elderly care, and 14 percent on medical and health issues.
The survey, released by the Hong Kong Research Association on Thursday, was conducted between Oct 30 and Nov 3 as the two-week nomination period for the elections kicked off. The elections will be held on Dec 19.
In March 2021, the National People’s Congress revamped the electoral system of the special administrative region, expanding the number of seats in LegCo from 70 to 90.
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Twenty seats are to be returned by direct elections from geographical constituencies around Hong Kong; 30 from functional constituencies covering different professional sectors; and the remaining 40 will be chosen by the newly elected 1,500-member Election Committee, which is composed of representatives from various sectors.