In Hong Kong, district elections seeing unusually high turnout

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Publish Date: 10:02 - 24 November 2019
TEHRAN, Nov 24_Large numbers of people are heading to the polls in Hong Kong to select new district councilors, during an apparent let-up in five months of protests rocking the autonomous Chinese city.

In Hong Kong, district elections seeing unusually high turnoutTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Voter turnout in the first three hours of the voting on Sunday was reported to be nearly three times that of the same elections four years ago. A record 1,104 candidates are also competing for 452 seats.

District councilors are in charge of certain expenditure decisions and decide neighborhood issues, from recycling to transport and public health.

The citywide elections — normally not considered a major vote — are now seen as a key barometer of support for the city’s leader, Carrie Lam.

More than four million residents have registered to take part in the elections.

While the city has since June been rattled by anti-government unrest, necessitating repeated deployments of riot police, only small numbers of security forces were reported to be on the streets as of Sunday noon.

Lam has repeatedly urged calm and dialog to resolve differences with the protesters, and many are now voting to voice support for that call for peace.


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