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A whole new election committee 👀
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A whole new Election Committee
Yesterday the government held the first election under the new political system (slogan: “Patriots rule Hong Kong”) where 4,800 voters decided on the members of the Election Committee.
The Election Committee contains 1,500 spots, and it’s the city’s “ruling class” who gets to vote on who will fill these seats. This is a huge contrast to 2016, where over 200,000 voters were allowed to take part in the same poll.
This year’s election turnout sits at about 90% (~4,350 people).
Other political updates:
The Confederation of Trade Unions, the largest opposition trade union in the city, has decided to disband (paywalled).
LegCo’s only not pro-establishment lawmaker will not be running in this year’s Legislative Council election.
New cases: 3 (imported)
Tai O Lantern Festival blown out
The lantern festival has been shortened from 20 to 16 days due to the flood of visitors in the area.
"This is to make room for people who have to return to Tai O to celebrate the festival with their family," one of the organising groups stated.
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