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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.  

Scholarship applications open

Applications for the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme are open until December 29, the Education Bureau announced today.


Eligible Hong Kong students who intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at world-renowned universities outside the city from the 2024-25 academic year can apply.


The bureau said: “The scheme seeks to cultivate a cadre of brilliant young achievers with a sense of social responsibility and national identity, an affection for Hong Kong and an international perspective who will return home after receiving world-class education supported by the scholarship to enrich Hong Kong’s talent pool and competitiveness in the long run.”


Selection will be based on academic achievements and other attributes such as leadership qualities and potential as well as contributions and commitment to society.


Awardees will receive a non-means-tested scholarship to cover their tuition fees, capped at $300,000 per annum. In addition, those who have passed the means test will receive a bursary of up to $200,000 per annum to cover living and study-related expenses.


Awardees are required to complete their study programmes and undertake to return to Hong Kong upon graduation to work for at least two years or a period equivalent to the duration of the scholarship received, whichever is longer.


Applications can be submitted online. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview from April 2024 after receiving unconditional offers from their chosen programmes.

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