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SCA on 2003 District Council election

On the 2003 District Council election, the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, made the following statement today (November 23):

"The voter turnout rate and the overall number of votes cast for the 2003 District Council election are the highest among all District Council elections ever held. The number of directly elected seats and the number of candidates taking part in the election are also the highest. The election has been conducted smoothly and has the broad support of the people of Hong Kong. This has a positive bearing on promoting the future work and development of the District Councils.

The results of this election, and the active participation of the people of Hong Kong, have provided a solid foundation for the review on the composition, roles and functions of the District Councils which the Government will be undertaking.

The keen interest of the people of Hong Kong in community development and public affairs will be conducive to the public consultation on constitutional development, which will commence in 2004."

Ends/Sunday, November 23, 2003