Following is the transcript of the remarks made by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, to the media after visiting the polling station for the Yau Tsim Mong District Council By-election (Jordan East Constituency) at the Jordan Road Government Primary School this (October 5) morning (English portion):
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: The District Council by-election today is an important occasion. This is the first by-election being held after the Legislative Council elections in September. Within 2008 we have started a new process of enhancing the work of District Councils. The Government has allocated an extra $300 million to enhance the services to be provided by the 18 District Councils. We have also allocated another $300 million to provide more resources for District Councils to conduct work in respect of local public works projects and other items. We believe that today's by-election will offer registered voters a wide choice. There are a total of five candidates. Even though up to 10.30 am the turnout rate was only 2.28 per cent we still have another 12 hours to go, and we would urge all registered voters to come out and exercise their civic right and choose the candidate of their preference. Thank you very much.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Sunday, October 5, 2008
SCMA visits the polling station for the Yau Tsim Mong DC by-election
Photo shows the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, visiting the polling station for the Yau Tsim Mong District Council (Jordan East Constituency) by-election this (October 5) morning.