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DC election poll cards mailed

The Registration & Electoral Office today said it has mailed poll cards for the District Council Ordinary Election to about 4.33 million registered electors to inform them of where they should cast their votes on December 10.   Electors who have not received their poll cards may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System to check whether they are registered electors and their designated polling stations, the office said.   District Council geographical constituency (DCGC) electors will be allocated to ordinary polling stations in the vicinity of their registered addresses. Polling hours will be from 8.30am to 10.30pm.   District Committees constituency (DCC) electors will be assigned to the polling stations of the DCCs to which they belong. The polling hours will be from 8.30am to 2.30pm. They will also receive a reminder on the poll card envelope that the DCC and DCGC vote will take place at two different polling stations with different polling hours.  

Electricity mechanism to be reviewed

The Government will discuss with the two power companies ways to further improve the incentive and penalty mechanism under the Scheme of Control Agreements (SCAs), Secretary for Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan said today.   Mr Tse made the remarks after attending a Legislative Council meeting today when he was asked by reporters to respond to Hongkong Electric's explanation about a power supply incident that occurred this week.   Apart from explaining details about the mechanism and the goal behind it, he acknowledged that there is a possibility it can be enhanced.   He said: “Under the existing SCAs, there is an incentive and penalty mechanism. The purpose of the mechanism was to encourage power companies to resume the electricity supply as soon as possible in case of any incident.   “And that mechanism was introduced in the current SCAs in 2017, almost six years ago. Nowadays, given this incident, we believe that mechanism has room for improvement.”   As a result, the environment chief noted that the Government will take the opportunity of the coming mid-term review of the agreement to discuss how to further improve the mechanism with the two power companies.

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