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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Polling hours extended to midnight

The Electoral Affairs Commission announced tonight that due to the failure of the Electronic Poll Register system for the 2023 District Council Ordinary Election, polling hours will be extended to midnight.


At a media session this evening, Electoral Affairs Commission Chairman David Lok expressed hope that the extension would give all electors sufficient time to cast their vote, adding that this is a fair and reasonable arrangement.


All polling stations switched to using the printed-form final register for issuing ballot papers from 8.12pm.


The commission apologised to the affected electors.

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