In Brief

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 September, 2009, 12:00am

84pc of void ballots valid

About 84 per cent of void ballots in Macau's legislative election on Sunday - 5,467 out of 6,539 - have been officially ruled as valid. However, those ruled valid after being checked will not be taken into account in the election result. The number of void ballots involved 4.4 per cent of the 148,977 votes cast.

Beatings blamed for drop

The public satisfaction rate over the government's relationship with the central government has dropped six percentage points, while the dissatisfaction rate has increased by five percentage points, a University of Hong Kong study found. University pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu said: 'The latest change is probably related to the beating of Hong Kong journalists by police in Xinjiang.'

Lawmaker granted exemption

A High Court judge granted an order exempting legislator Wong Sing-chi from prosecution in relation to a statement in which he described himself as a social worker when he stood for Legislative Council election last year. Wong, a social worker since 1979, applied for an exemption in the Court of First Instance in July. The incident stemmed from his late renewal of registration with the Social Workers Registration Board, which aroused criticism that he had misled voters.

More HK$150 notes on way

Standard Chartered Bank will issue 20,000 more HK$150 denomination commemorative charity banknotes with serial numbers selected by applicants. The bank said the move was due to strong demand and it hoped to raise more funds for charities. Two weeks ago the bank announced it would issue the world's first $150 denomination banknote to celebrate its 150 years in Hong Kong.