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CS calls on voters to cast votes in Legislative Council election

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang; the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam; the Chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission, Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee; and the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan, today (July 19) officiated at a ceremony to launch the publicity campaign for the 2008 Legislative Council (LegCo) election.

     Speaking at the launching ceremony, Mr Tang was pleased to see the enthusiastic response of the citizens in the latest voter registration drive. He noted that Hong Kong now had a record number of 3.37 million voters.

     “This shows that more people are keen to take up their civic responsibilities, exercise their rights, and take Hong Kong’s future close to their hearts,” he said. Mr Tang called on all registered voters to vote in the LegCo election on September 7 to return legislators who can represent them in shaping Hong Kong’s future.

     He also encouraged those who aspired to serve the community to stand for the election and speak for the public.

     The Acting Director of Broadcasting, Ms Gracie Foo, and election ambassadors Liza Wang and Ivana Wong also took part in the ceremony.

     Highlights of the ceremony include a group of 120 students lining up to form the LegCo logo and following music rhythm to create different signs, such as the “tick” and the election date “0907”, so as to publicise the message, “Shape our future, cast your vote”.

     The ceremony was followed by a mini-concert featuring popular artists. They joined the voting call and helped drive home the message of a fair and clean election. The performers included musicians Mark Chan on the harmonica and Stephen Chau on the classical guitar, as well as singers Ivana Wong, HotCha, Hiromi, Chelsea Tong, Keeva Mak, Theresa Fu, Kary Ng and Hins Cheung.

     The event, held at the Kowloon Park Sports Centre, was jointly organised by the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, the Home Affairs Department, the Registration and Electoral Office and Radio Television Hong Kong.