364 candidates win in Hong Kong Election Committee polls

Members of the media cover the vote-counting at the count center for the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sept 19, 2021. - China Daily

HONG KONG (Xinhua): The results of the 2021 Election Committee's subsector ordinary elections in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were unveiled on Monday (Sept 20) morning as 364 of 412 candidates were elected as members in 13 subsectors of the Election Committee.

The Election Committee is endowed with important functions under the 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 hours of the elections ended at 6pm on Sunday, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the elections, the first after improvements to Hong Kong's electoral system, are particularly meaningful.

The elections show that the HKSAR implements the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" in its political system, 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 due to the LegCo election yet to be held and the overlapping status of some ex-officio members.

The five-year term of the new Election Committee will start on Oct 22 of this year and end on Oct 21, 2026.

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