Hong Kong’s reformed District Council Elections heralded as a milestone by State Council

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11th December 2023 – (Beijing) The State Council’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office has issued a statement lauding the completion of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) 7th District Council Ordinary Election as a significant achievement. The election, a first under the newly reformed District Council system, is seen as a pivotal step in actualising the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong.”

Monday’s article from the State Council’s office underscored the election as an essential stride towards reinforcing the governance of the HKSAR by patriots, deemed fundamental for the stability and prosperity of the region. The reforms are part of broader changes intended to ensure that Hong Kong is governed by individuals firmly aligned with the vision of mainland China’s leadership, thereby maintaining national sovereignty, security, and development interests.

The election has been framed as an embodiment of the successful application of “one country, two systems,” where the unique political and administrative mechanisms of the HKSAR operate under the sovereignty of China. The revised electoral process is commended for bolstering the social fabric necessary for Hong Kong’s continued economic and social development.

The outcome of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) 7th District Council Ordinary Election was disclosed on Monday, revealing the election of 176 councillors representing district committees and another 88 councillors for geographical constituencies.