MORE than 2,565,000 people have registered to vote in September's Legislative Council elections, about a quarter of the total Hong Kong population. The result of a $25-million government drive, the registrations represents a 4.7 per cent increase compared with the number of voters last year, which stood at 2,450,359. Releasing the final figures yesterday, Chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing said the public, which can view the provisional register from today, could lodge objections before July 5 if there were inaccuracies or their names were absent. The final register will be published on August 1. After that, nominations for the September 17 Legco polls will begin. The average registration rate for the nine new functional constituencies, the most controversial part of Governor Chris Patten's political reform, is 42.7 per cent. About 1.05 million of the 2.46 million potential voter have registered. The ninth new functional group which is community, social and personal services has the highest number of the registered voters, standing at 246,588. Group No 8, financing, insurance, real estate and business services, has a 60.6 per cent registration rate, which is the highest among the nine new constituencies.