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DC reform meetings held

The Government held exchange meetings on the theme of improving the district governance system and reforming the District Councils (DCs) at the Central Government Offices today.   Over 80 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong SAR members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were there to exchange views on improving the district governance system and supporting the District Council election.   Chief Executive John Lee noted that it is the first major citywide election after improving the district governance system and reforming the DCs, and is of particular significance.   He said it also marks the final mile for the full implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” in the district governance structure.   The Chief Executive also noted that the election is of great significance to the good governance and the long-term st

DC poll nominations start Oct 17

Election Affairs Commission Chairman David Lok today inspected the procedures for receiving nomination forms for the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election, before the nomination period begins. 


The nomination period for the election will run from tomorrow until October 30. 


Mr Lok visited the Returning Officer's office at the Central & Western District Office to inspect the procedures for receiving nomination forms and the preparatory work there.


He said arrangements at the offices of the Returning Officers at 18 districts are all ready and that staff will ensure the smooth operation of the work in receiving nomination forms.


In a briefing held earlier for the Returning Officers, Mr Lok highlighted their important roles and responsibilities as well as reminded them to carry out the electoral work in strict compliance with the relevant electoral laws and guidelines to ensure that the polls will be conducted in an open, fair and honest manner.


The Electoral Affairs Commission pointed out that a nominee for the District Council geographical constituency election and the District Committees constituency election must be a registered geographical constituency elector aged 21 or above.


They must also have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for three years immediately preceding the date of the nomination. Each prospective candidate must also be subscribed by designated electors.


The committee added that nominees must submit completed nomination forms and the election deposit of $3,000 in person to the Returning Officer for the constituency concerned between 9am and 5pm from Mondays to Fridays and between 9am and noon on Saturdays within the nomination period.


They are also advised to submit their nominations as early as possible to allow time to correct possible mistakes in the nomination forms before the nomination period ends.

Nomination forms are available at the District Offices and the offices of the Registration & Electoral Office (REO). They can also be downloaded from the REO website and the election website.


Call 2891 1001 for enquiries.

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