A giant banner calling on eligible voters to cast their ballots on the Legislative Council election day is seen in Central district, Hong Kong, Dec 15, 2021. (CALVIN NG/CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – Fifty-one Hong Kong lawmaker hopefuls in the Election Committee Constituency on Friday introduced their platforms to over 1,000 members of the committee — who will be their electors — in a livestreamed forum.
The candidates are contesting 40 seats in the Election Committee Constituency, which will be decided by the city’s Election Committee under the revamped electoral system. Another 50 seats in the new Legislative Council will be returned by voters of geographical and functional constituencies.
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Delivering a speech at the forum, Tam Yiu-chung, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said the new electoral system enables the public to elect patriotic and competent lawmakers. Tam urged people to actively participate in Sunday’s election to choose qualified lawmakers to represent their benefits.
Candidates attending the Friday forum come from various sectors, including entrepreneurs, educators and social workers. They were divided into three groups and given one minute each to introduce their political platforms and canvass votes in front of the Election Committee members.
The forum was held at Wan Chai’s Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is the only designated polling station for Election Committee members to vote on Sunday.
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In a statement, the event’s organizer, Hong Kong Coalition said the forum aims to provide an opportunity for Election Committee members and the public to know more about the LegCo candidates in this constituency. The coalition also called on the public to vote on Sunday.