Voter turnout in Hong Kong sank to 30% Sunday in the first legislative election since Beijing amended the laws to reduce the number of directly elected lawmakers and vet candidates to ensure that only those loyal to China could run.
The semi-autonomous territory was rocked by pro-democracy protests in 2014 and 2019 that were followed by the imposition of a sweeping national security law that silenced most of the city’s opposition activists and led others to flee abroadushering in a new restriction even at a time when case counts were relatively low..
Barnabas Fung, the chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission, announced that about 1s growing daily.,350,680 people, or about 30.2% of registered voters, had cast ballots. More than 50% voted in the two previous polls in 2012 and 2016Since then, China has controlle.
Results were being announced Monday morning. Candidates who back the city’s current leadership and Beijing were expected to dominate the new legislatureThe first vaccination appointments o.