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 Wong Tai Sin District Council By-election (Tsz Wan West Constituency) at the Ho Lap Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) this (November 30) morning:
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: The by-election in Wong Tai Sin District today is an important one. Starting from 2008, all 18 District Councils have been given extra resources to promote local public works projects and to enhance services within the district for local residents. Particularly in the face of the financial tsunami, it is important for all local public works to be expedited to create job opportunities within the district. Therefore, this by-election is important and every vote counts. So, we would call on all registered voters, of which there are over 10,000 in this by-election constituency, to come out and cast their votes before 10.30 pm today. As at 10.30 am, the overall participation rate is 7.3 per cent. Whilst this is somewhat lower than the rate pertaining at this particular hour in November 2007 for this particular constituency, it still exceeds the overall participation rate of 6.26 per cent for Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories as a whole pertaining in November 2007. So, we would call upon all 10,000 voters to come out to cast their votes today. Thank you very much.
(Note: please also refer to the Chinese transcript.)
Ends/Sunday, November 30, 2008
SCMA visits polling station of Wong Tai Sin DC by-election
Photograph shows the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, visiting the polling station of the Wong Tai Sin District Council Tsz Wan West constituency by-election this (November 30) morning.