Polling time extended by an hour

To help all 800 Election Committee members cast their votes on March 25, the Electoral Affairs Commission has extended polling time by an hour for the first round of voting - from 9am to 11am.

In the first election, in 1996, members had just one hour to vote. The poll will be held at the AsiaWorld-Expo, next to Hong Kong International Airport.

A spokesman for the commission said it had been decided to extend voting hours because this was the first time the venue had been used as a polling and counting station and members might not be familiar with the location.