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As it happened: record number of Hongkongers at district council elections

  • More than 2.7 million people cast their vote as turnout far surpasses previous record in Legislative Council election of 2016
  • Results in local contests considered a barometer of support for the anti-government protests roiling the city
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections
A polling station in To Kwa Wan closes following a record turnout at Hong Kong's district council elections. Photo: Sam Tsang
INTRODUCTION

The polls have closed in Hong Kong's district council elections, which saw the largest turnout in the city's history, far surpassing the record held by the 2016 Legislative Council election.

Residents began heading to the polls in their droves from 7.30am on Sunday morning. They are voting for 452 district councillors, who oversee everyday neighbourhood affairs.

The poll 
carries more significance than in most years
, as the results will be seen as a barometer of support for the anti-government
protest movement now roiling the city
. They could also exert more pressure on embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to find new ways to resolve the impasse.

The city has enjoyed a rare respite from violent protests over the past four days after one of the fiercest weeks of clashes between black-clad radicals and police. Still,
officers are keeping watch
over the more than 600 polling stations.

Follow our on-the-ground reporting by Cissy Zhou, Karen Yeung, Gigi Choy, Alvin Lum, Kinling Lo, Lilian Cheng, Phila Siu, Kimmy Chung, Yujing Liu, Nectar Gan, Gary Cheung, Ng Kang-chung, Jeffie Lam, Tony Cheung and Sum Lok-kei.