Hong Kong by-elections start
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Hong Kong's by-elections, triggered by the resignation of five legislators, , , , , and , will take place today. The five legislators left the earlier this year in protest of the government's indifference towards and the abolishment of functional constituencies.
The elections started at 07.30 local time (23.30 UTC) today, and are due to end at ten o'clock tonight. Results are expected to be released tomorrow morning.
Prominent politiciansand also refused to vote. The heads of the and didn't cast their ballots either, the former going on a trip to avoid voting. Their abstention provoked the criticism of several pan-democrats, including .
As of 18.00 today (10.00 UTC), 405880 voters have voted. The percentage of registered voters who voted is 12.03%; The highest is, with 14.9%, while was the lowest, at 9.93%. Some members of the Pro-Beijing camp have also decided to vote for , a Hong Kong radio celebrity. Wong Yuk-man says he does not mind, for even a vote for his major opponent means a rise in the number of voters.