Registration Arrangements for Voters and Ex-officio Members


(1) Special Voter Registration Arrangement

The Improving Electoral System (Consolidated Amendments) Ordinance 2021 (the Ordinance) was passed by the Legislative Council (LegCo) on 27 May, and was published in the Gazette and came into effect on 31 May. Under the Ordinance, there are major changes to the composition of the Election Committee (EC), EC subsectors (ECSSs) and Legislative Council functional constituencies (FCs). To allow individuals and bodies whose eligibility is affected and those who are newly eligible to handle their voter registration (VR) matters, the special VR arrangement starting on 1 June and ending on 5 July has been put in place.

Statutory VR deadlines Special VR arrangements for 2021
ECSS geographical / functional constituency
(1) Application for Change of Particulars (excluding change of registered address) 5 July* 5 July*
(2) Application for New Registration 5 July* 5 July*
(3) Publication of the provisional registers of electors / voters and omissions lists 18 July 26 September
(4) Period for lodging claims and objections 18 July – 22 July (5 days) 26 September – 9 October (14 days)
(5) Publication of the final registers of electors / voters 5 August 29 October

*Remarks:

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(2a) Election Committee Ex-officio Members

The following ECSSs contain ex-officio Members:

  1. Engineering (15 seats);
  2. Architectural, surveying, planning and landscape (15 seats);
  3. Legal (6 seats);
  4. Education (16 seats);
  5. Medical and Health Services (15 seats);
  6. Social Welfare (15 seats);
  7. Members of the Legislative Council (90 seats);
  8. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People's Congress and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (190 seats)

All individuals eligible to register as EC ex-officio Members are required to submit registration application no later than 5 July.

[Ex-officio members of the Election Committee (with reference to the Schedule of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance (Cap. 569)]

[Click here to download – Application forms for registration as an EC ex-officio member]

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(2b) Election Committee Members returned by Nomination

The following ECSSs contain Members to be returned by nomination:

  1. Technology and innovation (15 seats);
  2. Accountancy (15 seats);
  3. Legal (9 seats);
  4. Sports, performing arts, culture and publication (15 seats);
  5. Chinese medicine (15 seats);
  6. Religious (60 seats); and
  7. Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland (27 seats).

[Election Committee Members to be returned by nomination in each subsector and the related designated bodies (with reference to the Schedule of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance (Cap. 569)]

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(2c) Election Committee Subsector Voters

All individuals and bodies who are eligible to register as ECSS voters, regardless of whether or not they are currently registered as ECSS voters, must submit applications to register no later than 5 July, before they can be included in the 2021 ECSS provisional register, and submit nominations and cast their votes in the ECSS elections to be held on 19 September.

[Click here to download – Application form for registration as an Election Committee Subsector Voter (Individual)]

[Click here to download – Application form for registration as an Election Committee Subsector Voter (Body)]

Individual Voters

The following subsectors comprise individual voters. The priority of registration is as follows, with (1) being the subsector with the highest priority of registration:

  1. Heung Yee Kuk;
  2. Representatives of Hong Kong members of relevant national organisations; and
  3. Representatives of members of Area Committees, District Fight Crime Committees, and District Fire Safety Committees of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; or representatives of members of Area Committees, District Fight Crime Committees, and District Fire Safety Committees of the New Territories.

Corporate Voters

The rest of the ECSSs comprise corporate voters (except ECSSs which only comprise ex-officio members or members returned by nomination).

Composition and registration eligibilities of the ECSSs

First Sector Second Sector Third Sector Fourth Sector Fifth Sector
Industrial (first) Technology and innovation(new) (Information technology subsector replaced) Agriculture and fisheries Members of the Legislative Council HKSAR deputies to the NPC and HKSAR members of the CPPCC National Committee (originally from the Fourth Sector, two subsectors are combined)
Industrial (second) Engineering Labour Heung Yee Kuk Representatives of Hong Kong members of relevant national organisations (new)
Textiles and garment Architectural, surveying, planning and landscape Grassroots associations (new) Representatives of members of Area Committees, District Fight Crime Committees, and District Fire Safety Committees of Hong Kong and Kowloon (new)  
Commercial (first) Accountancy Associations of Chinese fellow townsmen (new) Representatives of members of Area Committees, District Fight Crime Committees, and District Fire Safety Committees of the New Territories (new)  
Commercial (second) Education Religious Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland (new)  
Commercial (third) (former Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association renamed) Sports, performing arts, culture and publication (originally under the Third Sector)      
Finance Medical and health services (merged)      
Financial services Chinese medicine(merged)      
Insurance Social welfare (originally under the Third Sector)      
Real estate and construction        
Transport        
Import and export        
Tourism        
Hotel        
Catering        
Wholesale and retail        
Employers'Federation of Hong Kong        
Small and medium enterprises (new)        

[Ex-officio members of the Election Committee (with reference to the Schedule of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance (Cap. 569)]

[Election Committee Members to be returned by nomination in each subsector and the related designated bodies (with reference to the Schedule of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance (Cap. 569)]

[Specified entities eligible to be registered as voters in each subsector of the Election Committee (with reference to the Schedule of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance (Cap. 569)]

Please note:

Appointment of Authorized Representative

The "3-year operation requirement"

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(3) Legislative Council – Functional Constituency Electors

Special VR Arrangement for functional constituency

Remarks:

(*)These 3 FCs are newly added FCs. Eligible individuals and bodies should submit registration applications no later than 5 July.
(#) Representatives of the Chinese Medicine sector has been added to the electorate of this FC. Relevant individuals should submit registration application no later than 5 July.

New FCs Abolished FCs Combined FC FCs with eligibility revised FCs with individual voters abolished
  • District Council (first)
  • District Council (second)
  • Information and technology

Please note:

Appointment of Authorized Representative

The "3-year operation requirement"

Priority of Registration

No person/body may be registered as an elector in more than 1 FCs. If a person/body is eligible to be registered in 2 or more FCs, he/she/it may choose to be registered in any one of the FCs unless otherwise specified.

The priority of registration for FCs is as follows:

  1. FCs with individual electors:

    1. Heung Yee Kuk FC;
    2. HKSAR deputies to the NPC, HKSAR member of the National Committee of CPPCC and representatives of relevant national organisations FC.
    ((1) being the subsector with the highest priority of registration)
  2. FCs with corporates electors: if a body is eligible to be registered in the any of the seven FCs, namely (i) Agriculture and fisheries FC, (ii) Insurance FC; (iii) Transport FC; (iv) Finance FC; (v) Sports, Performing arts, Culture and Publication FC; (vi) Technology and Innovation FC; and (vii) Catering FC, and any other FC at the same time, the body can only be registered in any of the seven aforesaid FCs but not in any other FC. For avoidance of doubt, there is no particular priority of registration within these seven FCs.
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(4) Legislative Council – Geographical Constituency Electors

[Click here to download - Application form for registration as a geographical constituency elector]

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