The poll by numbers

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 January, 2011, 12:00am

The 2011 village representative elections start tomorrow. Ballots will be held for indigenous inhabitant representative seats in 52 villages and for resident representative seats in 39 villages on the first day of the polls.

Registered voters in Mui Wo, South Lantau, Ta Kwu Ling, Tai Po, Ha Tsuen and Pat Heung are in the first batch to elect representatives, while polls for other districts will be held over the three subsequent Sundays.

This year's race is the most competitive since the 'dual head' system was introduced for villages in 2003. A record 1,753 candidates have been nominated across the 709 villages in the New Territories, with 943 of them having won uncontested. Of the 1,484 seats, 125 will remain vacant as there are no candidates.

Indigenous villagers, or people whose ancestors settled in the New Territories before 1898, are eligible to elect among themselves indigenous inhabitant representatives regardless of where they live, while people who have been living in the villages for three years immediately before their voter registrations are eligible to elect resident representatives.