District Council Ordinary Election 2023: Voter Turnout at 11.6% in the first four hours, exceeding 2015 figures

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Source: Facebook/Christine Choi Yuk-lin, Secretary for Education.

10th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Electoral Affairs Commission has released the latest voter turnout figures for the ongoing District Council Ordinary Election in Hong Kong. As of 12.30pm today, a total of 502,712 votes have been cast, representing an 11.6% cumulative turnout rate.

Comparing this year’s figures with the same period in the previous election, there is a significant difference. In the corresponding timeframe of the previous election, the voter turnout stood at 30.98%, with 1.28 million votes cast. The current turnout rate falls far below that mark. Similarly, when compared to the 2015 election, where the turnout rate was 14.48% with 452,000 votes cast, this year’s turnout rate is still lower by 2.88 percentage points. However, the number of votes cast has increased by nearly 50,000.

Analyzing the voter turnout figures for each District Council geographical constituency (DCGC), it is evident that there are variations across different districts. Notably, the Wan Chai District Council has achieved the highest turnout rate of 11.94%, with 88.78% of registered voters casting their ballots. In comparison, the Central and Western District Council recorded a turnout rate of 10.91%, with 11,349 votes cast.

In terms of geographical distribution, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories all witnessed turnout rates ranging from 10.31% to 12.87%. Notably, the Kwun Tong District Council recorded the highest number of votes cast, with 53,868 votes in total.

These figures indicate that the current District Council Ordinary Election has garnered significant public participation, albeit with varying degrees across different districts. As the election progresses, it will be interesting to see how the voter turnout evolves and whether it surpasses previous election records.