Post by johng on Nov 24, 2019 16:40:16 GMT
Polls have closed in Hong Kong for the district council elections.
Turnout back in 2015 was 47.01% and turnout for this election appears to be 69.04%. The number of people registered to vote also surged from 3,131,763 to 4,132,977 this time.
It's the largest vote ever in Hong Kong. Both huge increases which shows the anger in the city.
Turnout by district is available here: www.elections.gov.hk/dc2019/eng/turnout_numsum.html
There's already been quite a bit of controversy.
- Elderly people being bussed to polling stations and going straight to the front of hour-long queues. Perhaps not controversial until you consider that the pro-Beijing candidates are paying for the buses to collect them and are then taking them to restaurants after voting...
- Numerous cases of open bribery of voters who claim they voted a certain way. This has always happened there though. (For those that don't know, it's usually odd stuff like a 10kg bag of rice or a carrier bag full of tins from the supermarket and dried fruit).
- Riot police taking full ballot boxes in polling stations claiming they are from prisons and hospitals. The problem being the police don't operate prisons and there's no legal avenue for people to vote anywhere other than a registered polling station meaning it's not legal to vote at a hospital.
Last time, Pro-Beijing candidates took 54.61% of the vote of pro-democracy parties took 40.20%. They also took control of every district council. There's a strong feeling that pro-democracy candidates will take most votes this time, I'm not so sure though.
Hong Kong counts overnight and results should be out within 8 hours or so.