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Why Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to vote


Many say events of past 5 months galvanised their desire to exercise their democratic right.
Amid mild autumn weather and under a clear blue sky in Lek Yuen, the oldest public housing estate in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin, a snaking queue formed outside the community hall shortly after dawn yesterday.
It was the constituency’s polling station of the day, and hundreds were in the line before the opening time of 7.30am to vote for their district councillor, one of the lowest rungs of Hong Kong’s elected offices.
The scene was repeated across the territory’s 18 districts, where nearly three million people showed up to vote in elections that are usually a quiet affair, with chosen officials confined to dealing with noise complaints and local infrastructure improvement projects.
The officials, however, also represent 117 of the 1,200-strong Election Committee that chooses the city̵



By The Straits Times

November 25, 2019





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