Voter turnout tops one million mark

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 12:00am

Last updated at 6.27pm on Sunday:
More than one million of voters had cast their votes up by 5:30pm in the Legco geographical constituencies on Sunday, according to the latest government statistics.

A total of 1,122,844 voters had voted on the polling day, which represented 35.01 per cent of the total 3,207,227 electors. The turnout in the last Legco elections in 2000 was 1.33 million, or 43.5 per cent of the registered voters.

Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, after casting his vote at the German Swiss International School, said: 'Today's elections mark a very important milestone. We have the largest number of candidates participating in the election and each and every seat of Legislative Council will be determined by election - half of the seats will come from direct election.'

'I am sure this symbolises Hong Kong society becoming more open and more people are participating in the governing of it,' he added.

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, a political scientist from the City University of Hong Kong predicted that the turnout to be around 50 to 60 per cent.
The University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme forecast a turnout of 49 to 53 per cent.

Polling began at 7:30am and will end at 10,30pm this evening. Votes will be counted immediately at the polling stations after the polling finishes.

Most results will be released on Monday. will publish the results when they become available.