364 elected in HK Election Committee's subsector ordinary elections
The results of the 2021 Election Committee's subsector ordinary elections in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) were unveiled on Monday morning; 364 of 412 candidates were elected as members in 13 subsectors of the committee.
The Election Committee is endowed with important functions under the SAR's improved electoral system, including nominating candidates for the chief executive election, electing the chief executive designate, nominating candidates for the Legislative Council (LegCo) election, and electing 40 LegCo members.
After the voting ended at 6 p.m. on Sunday, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the elections, the first after improvements to HKSAR's electoral system, are particularly meaningful.
The elections show that the HKSAR implements the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong," safeguards national sovereignty, security and development interests, and ensures the successful implementation of "One Country, Two Systems," she said.
Out of the 1,500 seats of the Election Committee, 325 people were determined to be validly registered as ex-officio members, 156 people were validly nominated to be members of the Election Committee and 603 candidates were uncontested, while 412 candidates competed for 364 seats.
The actual number of members of the Election Committee will be fewer than 1,500 as the LegCo election is yet to be held and some ex-officio members have an overlapping status.
The five-year term of the new Election Committee will start on October 22 of this year and end on October 21, 2026.
(Cover: Staffers open a ballot box at a polling station for the 2021 Election Committee's subsector ordinary elections in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, September 19, 2021. /Reuters)