Over 2.94 million million voters cast their ballots in Hong Kong
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Polls opened Sunday in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election. A record 1,090 people are running for 452 district seats and a record 4.1 million Hong Kong people have enrolled to vote for district councilors. 

The number of voters having cast their ballots in the first six hours of polling at the 2019 District Council Election has surpassed the 2015 total. 

By 8:30 pm, voter turnout rate has reached 66.5 percent. 

Voter turnout reached 63.65 percent as of 7:30 pm Sunday, 26.53 percentage points higher than 2015 polling day total.

By 18:30, voter turnout rate has reached 60.36 percent. 

Voter turnout reached 56.42 percent as of 5:30 pm Sunday, 25.83 percentage points higher than 2015 polling day total.

Voter turnout reached 52.14 percent as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Hong Kong 2019 district council elections, 5.13 percentage points higher than 2015 polling day total.

As of 3:30 p.m. local time, voter turnout has reached 47.26 percent in Hong Kong 2019 District Council elections, surpassing the total turnout rate in the previous district election in 2015.

As of 1:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, over 1.52 million people have cast their ballots in 2019 Hong Kong District Council Ordinary Elections, surpassing the 1,467,229 voters in the last district council elections four years ago.


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The ordinary polling stations and three dedicated polling stations set up at police stations will be opened from 7:30 a.m. local time to 10:30 p.m. local time. The elections, held every four years, are in the spotlight in 2019 as escalating violent protests have almost paralyzed the Asian financial hub.


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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam cast her vote shortly before 9 am.

More than 2.94 million people voted in Hong Kong's District Council Ordinary Election and the turnout rate was about 71.2 percent, said Barnabas Fung, chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), after the polls closed on Sunday night.

(With input from CGTN, China Daily and Global Times)