Officials will be quicker on the count

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am

The results of the Legislative Council elections are expected to be available from about noon on September 11, the day after polling day.

Chief Electoral Officer Li Wing said it was hoped all the results would be announced up to five hours earlier than at the last election, in 1998.

He said ballots from the five geographical constituencies would be counted at five counting stations instead of a central station, and this should help speed up the process.

The first geographical constituency result should be available in the early hours of the Monday, he said.

The Government was criticised after the last election when the final result was not made available until 5pm the next day, more than 18 hours after voting ended.

The Registration and Electoral Office has received 37 complaints about the election, including unfair media coverage of candidates and noisy election campaigns.

The office has started training more than 12,000 civil servants from various government departments to serve voters at 526 polling stations.