Hong Kong Registers Record Low Turnout in Its First ‘Patriots-Only’ Election

Hong Kong has registered a record low turnout in its legislative election on Dec. 19.

According to officials, only 30.2% of the voters took part in the city’s first “patriots-only” election.

A controversial “patriots” resolution passed in March allowed Beijing to scrutinize candidates.

The poll was also the first general election since China introduced a sweeping national security law, which made punishing pro-democracy protesters easier following mass demonstrations in 2019.

Only 20 of the 90 seats on the legislative council are directly directed.

Special interest organizations, which historically lean towards being in favor of Beijing, choose 30 of the seats while the pro-Beijing Election Committee choose the remaining 40 seats.

The legislative council makes and amends laws, as well as review and approve spending.

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