Voter drive hits target of 480,000 applicants
Jimmy Cheung and Felix Lo
Nearly half a million people have participated in the voter registration drive for the Legco elections, the government said.
The six-week campaign closed yesterday.
Officials said the tally on Saturday was more than 420,000, which included newly registered voters and voters updating their records.
The final figure will be available later.
The figure is a significant leap from the Thursday figure of 360,000.
'The working target for the 2004 calendar year of getting 480,000 successful applications has been met,' a government spokesman said.
In March, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung announced a registration target of 480,000 - of which about 180,000 would be new voters and 300,000 would be voters needing to update their records.
The government said it had received information to deal with more than 600,000 new applications and notices of change of records since January.
The provisional register will be available for public inspection no later than June 15.
Last year, the number of registered voters was 2.97 million.
Among those who registered on the last day was Mrs Liu, 32.
'I knew today is the last day and this is my right. The government has not been doing well. The economy is so poor and I am unemployed.
'I want the legislators to communicate better with the central government. Certain parties are risking conflict with the central government.'