LIVE coast-to-coast election coverage from Canada will be beamed into Hong Kong for the first time next week. Because of election broadcast restrictions in Canada, viewers of the six-hour special in Hong Kong will know who is elected prime minister on October 25 before those in western Canada. The broadcast, to be shown on the morning of October 26 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, is being organised by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Commission for Canada and several other Canadian organisations in the territory. Teleglobe Canada, which recently opened a regional headquarters in Hong Kong, is transmitting the signal from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Satellites and Earth stations will be used to carry the signal from Canada's west coast and into Hongkong Telecom's network. ''It takes a bit of work to set it up but, given the length of the broadcast, we have to make sure there is enough space on the satellite to do this,'' said Christian Sarazin, Teleglobe's representative in Hong Kong. About 250 to 300 people are expected to attend the telecast and buffet lunch. ''This will be one of the more interesting elections we've had,'' said Neil Reeder, spokesman for the Commission for Canada. The latest surveys in Canada suggest the ruling Progressive Conservative Party of Prime Minister Kim Campbell will be forced to hand over power to a Liberal minority government, with the balance of power split between the Bloc Quebecois and the populist Reform Party of Canada. Mr Reeder said telecasts of major Canadian political events, including last year's referendum on the constitution, had been shown in the territory since 1988. ''But this is the longest telecast we've ever had. For the political junkie this will be paradise,'' he said. Mr Reeder said demand for voter registration forms in Hong Kong had been quite high. This election marks the first time Canadian citizens residing overseas have been able to vote. More than 35,000 Canadian passport holders live in Hong Kong and there are at least six Hong Kong-born candidates. Mr Reeder added that some Chinese-Canadians may decide against voting because of fears that tax authorities might see registration forms. ''We think that may deter some people from voting,'' he said. Some of the major political parties, eager to cash-in on votes from overseas Canadians, have sent campaign literature to Canadians living in Hong Kong. In future elections, officials expect candidates to come to the territory to seek support. Tickets for the telecast can be obtained via the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Telephone 526 3207. Price: $100 for telecast only, $275 with lunch.