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Record in Hong Kong Vote

Record in Hong Kong Vote Record in Hong Kong Vote

Votes are being counted in Hong Kong’s crucial election, with a record number of people turning out to cast their ballot. Preliminary tallies indicate young candidates from the new pro-democracy groups have done well. About 2 million registered voters cast their ballots for the Legislative Council on Sunday, according to government data, in an election that could determine Hong Kong’s future, AFP reported. Voter turnout was at 58%, compared to 45.2% in 2008. Some of the polling stations saw voters still waiting to enter after the official closing time of 10:30 p.m. local time, according to the South China Morning Post. Nathan Law, one of the protest leaders in the 2014 Umbrella Revolution, appears to be one of the major winners in the election. The 23-year-old’s party, Demosisto, which he formed with teen protest leader Joshua Wong, wants to see a referendum on “self-determination” of Hong Kong’s future. With 90% of ballots counted, Law was expected to win a seat in the Hong Kong Island constituency after receiving the second-highest number of votes.

 

Financialtribune.com