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Delineation of constituencies for 2011 District Council Election accepted

     The Chief Executive in Council has accepted all the final recommendations in the report submitted by the Electoral Affairs Commission (the Commission) regarding the delineation of constituencies for the District Council election in 2011.

     A government spokesman said today (March 25) that the decision of the Chief Executive in Council would be effected by way of the Declaration of Constituencies (District Councils) Order 2011, which is published in the Gazette today and which will be tabled at the Legislative Council on March 30, 2011, for negative vetting.

     The report of the Commission, submitted to the Chief Executive on March 11, will also be tabled at the Legislative Council on March 30, 2011, as required by law.

     The spokesman said that the Commission had conducted public consultations on its provisional recommendations from December 3, 2010, to January 3, 2011.

     "The Commission had carefully considered all public representations before making its final recommendations for submission to the Chief Executive. It has endeavoured to strike a proper and fair balance between the expressed views of the public on the one hand, and the statutory criteria for delineation on the other hand."

     There will be 412 constituencies for the District Council election. One District Council member will be elected for each constituency.

     "The making of the Order is an important step in the preparation for the next District Council election in November 2011. In the months ahead, the Government and the Commission will put in place all necessary arrangements to facilitate the conduct of the election," the spokesman said.

Ends/Friday, March 25, 2011