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.