Nomination for HKSAR Legislative Council General Election starts

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HONG KONG, July 18 (Xinhua) — The nomination period for the 2020 Legislative Council (LegCo) General Election in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) starts Saturday and runs until July 31.

A total of 18 nomination forms were received by the Returning Officers for the five geographical constituencies and the 29 functional constituencies on the first day of the nomination period.

The number of nomination forms received for geographical constituencies and functional constituencies were eight and 10 respectively.

The LegCo General Election will be held on Sept. 6. A total of 70 members, 35 from geographical constituencies and 35 from functional constituencies, will be returned.

According to the final registers of electors for 2020 published on Friday by the Registration and Electoral Office (REO), the newly issued final register for the geographical constituencies has a total of 4,466,944 electors who are eligible to vote in the 2020 LegCo General Election. There are 250,452 electors for the functional constituencies, other than the District Council (second) functional constituency, which has 4,196,680 electors.

“To run for a seat in a geographical constituency or a functional constituency, a nominee must be a registered geographical constituency elector aged 21 or above,” a spokesman for the REO said on Friday, adding that the nominee must also have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for the three years immediately preceding the date of his nomination.

A number of candidates from political groups, including the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), and the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA), have registered to stand for the election. Enditem

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