Technical glitch prompts switch to printed-form final register in 2023 District Council Ordinary Election

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10th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) has announced that due to a technical failure in the Electronic Poll Register system, all polling stations in the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election have transitioned to using the printed-form final register for issuing ballot papers, effective from 8.12pm. The EAC has requested affected voters to remain patient during this temporary adjustment.

The unexpected glitch in the Electronic Poll Register system has necessitated the switch to the printed-form final register to ensure the smooth facilitation of the voting process. While the EAC has not provided detailed information regarding the nature of the technical failure, they have taken prompt action to mitigate any disruptions to the electoral proceedings.

As a result of this unforeseen development, the polling hours will be extended to accommodate the transition and ensure that every eligible voter is given the opportunity to cast their ballot.

The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) disclosed that due to technical issues with the Electronic Poll Register system, all polling stations participating in the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election have transitioned to using the printed-form final register for the distribution of ballot papers. Taking into account the prevailing circumstances, the EAC has made the decision to extend the polling hours until midnight, allowing affected voters ample time to exercise their voting rights. For any inquiries or assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact the REO hotline at 2891 1001

The EAC acknowledges the inconveniences caused by the technical glitch and the subsequent switch to the printed-form final register. However, they remain committed to upholding the integrity and fairness of the election process. Efforts are underway to address the technical issue and restore the Electronic Poll Register system as soon as possible.

In light of this temporary setback, the EAC urges affected electors to exercise patience while the necessary adjustments are made. The Commission understands the importance of every vote and is working diligently to ensure a seamless voting experience for all citizens participating in the District Council Ordinary Election.