Hong Kong to set up polling booths at border checkpoints; Lam evades question over legality of protest votes

The Hong Kong government will set up polling stations at closed border checkpoints so that Hongkongers living in mainland China can vote in next month’s “patriots-only” legislative election, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the move was not aimed at boosting turnout.

Lam confirmed the plan on Tuesday at a weekly press briefing, calling it a “one-off arrangement” because of Covid travel restrictions. Voting booths will be set up at checkpoints that have been temporarily closed amid the pandemic.

Shenzhen Bay port, which Chief Executive Carrie Lam said will not be used for setting up temporary polling facilities. Photo: GovHK.

Those interested in casting their ballots at the border for the December 19 Legislative Council (LegCo) election must register beforehand.


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