The Chief Executive in Council has accepted all the final recommendations in the report submitted by the Electoral Affairs Commission regarding the delineation of constituencies for the District Council election in 2015.
A government spokesman said today (December 3) that the decision of the Chief Executive in Council would be effected by way of the Declaration of Constituencies (District Councils) Order 2014, which will be published in the Gazette on December 5 and tabled at the Legislative Council on December 10 for negative vetting.
The report of the Commission, submitted to the Chief Executive on November 5, was tabled at the Legislative Council today as required by law. The report is divided into three volumes. Volume 1 is the report, setting out the Commission's recommendations and the reasons for its recommendations. Volume 2 contains 23 maps on the recommended constituency boundaries and the related boundary descriptions. Volume 3 records all the written representations. The report is available for public viewing at all Public Enquiry Service Centres of District Offices and the Registration and Electoral Office during ordinary business hours starting from today. The report can also be viewed at the Commission's website (www.eac.gov.hk).
The spokesman said that the Commission had conducted public consultation on its provisional recommendations from June 26 to July 25.
"The Commission had carefully considered all the public representations before making its final recommendations for submission to the Chief Executive. It had endeavoured to strike a fair and proper balance between the expressed wishes of the public on the one hand, and the statutory criteria for delineation on the other hand."
There will be 431 constituencies for the District Council election to be held in 2015. 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 2015. In the year ahead, the Government and the Commission will put in place all necessary arrangements to facilitate the conduct of the election," the spokesman said.
Ends/Wednesday, December 3, 2014