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Frequently Asked Questions - Geographical Constituency
 

If you have questions about applications for registration as an individual or a corporate elector for a functional constituency and/or as an individual or a corporate voter for an Election Committee subsector, please click here.

Q1: Who can register?
Q2: Why should I register?
Q3: How do I register as an elector?
Q4: If I am a registered elector, how do I report change of my registration particulars, such as registered address, name, email address and contact phone number?
Q5: Are there any deadlines for new voter registration and change of registration particulars?
Q6: Am I entitled to vote immediately after I submit an application for new voter registration? / Am I entitled to vote in the new constituency and at a new polling station immediately after I report change of registered address?
Q7: What are the differences between the two newly revised geographical constituency voter registration forms REO-1 and REO-2? Which form should I use?
Q8: I have filled out an application form several years ago. Do I have to register again?
Q9: I only turn 18 at the end of September 2019 but the registration deadline is 2 July. Could I register as an elector now?
Q10: I shall move to a new flat in the near future, should I report my new home address to the Registration and Electoral Office now?
Q11: What kinds of documents are accepted as address proofs?
Q12: If I cannot provide documents with my name and residential address as the address proof, what alternative documents may I submit to serve as valid address proof?
Q13: If my new home is a flat in public rental housing under the Housing Department or subsidised housing under the Hong Kong Housing Society, can I be exempted from the address proof requirement when I apply for change of address?
Q14: If I know someone provides false information for voter registration, how do I inform the government departments?
Q15: If someone provides a false residential address to the Registration and Electoral Office for voter registration, or providing a fraudulent address proof document when applying for change of registered address, and subsequently votes at an election, which law will he/she contravene?
Q16: I am a new arrival from the Mainland. Can I register as an elector?
Q17: How do I know that my records are correctly entered on the register of electors?
Q18: Can persons eligible for registration as electors of functional constituency /voters of Election Committee subsector also register now?
Q19: Are there any safeguards against possible abuse of my personal data?
Q20: I have submitted an application for new voter registration / change of registration particulars. How do I know that the Registration and Electoral Office has processed my application?
Q21: Which department should I approach for help if I have more questions on voter registration?

 

Q1: Who can register?
A1: If you are a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above, and ordinarily reside in Hong Kong, you are eligible to sign up as a geographical constituency elector.
Q2: Why should I register?

A2: Only after you have registered as an elector can you exercise your right to vote in the Legislative Council and District Council elections. It is your right to elect your representative to sit on these bodies. If you are eligible to vote in the Election Committee subsector elections, you also need to register as a voter before you can vote at the elections.

Q3: How do I register as an elector?

A3: If you are not a registered elector and you wish to be registered in a geographical constituency, you must complete the application form “Application for New Voter Registration (Geographical Constituencies)” (REO-1).

  • You can obtain the “Application for New Voter Registration (Geographical Constituencies)” (REO-1) by the following ways-

  • - by downloading from this website;
    - by fax through calling the hotline on 2891 1001; and
    - at District Offices, management offices of public housing estates and the   Registration and Electoral Office.

    Addresses of the Registration and Electoral Office:
    10/F Harbour Centre
    25 Harbour Road
    Wan Chai
    Hong Kong

    13/F Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
    1 Trademart Drive
    Kowloon Bay
    Kowloon

    After completing and signing the application form, you may submit the form by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180) or email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) to the Registration and Electoral Office, or upload the form (and address proof where applicable) at the Registration and Electoral Office Online Upload Platform (www.reo-form.gov.hk).

    If you have a valid digital certificate issued by Hongkong Post or Digi-Sign Certification Services Limited (please click here for details), you may also submit application online via the Voter Registration Application on GovHK.

    To register as a functional constituency elector and an Election Committee subsector voter, please click here.

    Q4: If I am a registered elector, how do I report change of my registration particulars, such as registered address, name, email address and contact phone number?

    A4: Starting from 1 February 2018, if you are a registered elector and you wish to report change of registration particulars, you must complete the application form “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2).

    Attention: In accordance with the relevant legislative requirement, applications for change of registered address must be supported with the address proof.  You may refer to A11 to A13 for the acceptable types of address proof.

    You can obtain the “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2) by the following ways-


    - by downloading from this website;
    - by fax through calling the hotline on 2891 1001; and
    - at District Offices, management offices of public housing estates and the   Registration and Electoral Office.

    Addresses of the Registration and Electoral Office:
    10/F Harbour Centre
    25 Harbour Road
    Wan Chai
    Hong Kong

    13/F Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
    1 Trademart Drive
    Kowloon Bay
    Kowloon

    After completing and signing the application form, you may submit the form, together with an address proof issued within the last three months (applicable for change of residential address), by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180) or email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) to the Registration and Electoral Office, or upload the form (and address proof where applicable) at the Registration and Electoral Office Online Upload Platform (www.reo-form.gov.hk).

    If you have a valid digital certificate issued by Hongkong Post or Digi-Sign Certification Services Limited (please click here for details), you may also submit application online via the Voter Registration Application on GovHK.

    Apart from the above, if you are a registered elector and you wish to provide/update your email address to facilitate the receipt of election mail related to electioneering activities from candidates, you may provide the relevant information to the Registration and Electoral Office via our Website (http://www.osp.reo.gov.hk/index_e.html) or by email (email address: reoenq@reo.gov.hk).


    Q5: Are there any deadlines for new voter registration and change of registration particulars?

    A5: Eligible residents/ registered electors may submit an application form for new voter registration/ report on change of registration particulars at any time of the year. However, should they wish to have their registration processed/ particulars updated in the register of electors to be published in the same cycle, they should submit the application forms to this Office on or before the respective statutory deadlines listed below :

    New Voter Registration  
    District Council Election year (e.g. 2019): 2 July
    Non District Council Election year (e.g. 2020): 2 May
       
    Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector
    District Council Election year (e.g. 2019): 2 June
    Non District Council Election year (e.g. 2020): 2 April

    If the application forms are submitted after the above deadlines, the names and residential addresses of the relevant electors could only be recorded/ updated in the register of electors to be published in the subsequent voter registration cycle.

    Q6: Am I entitled to vote immediately after I submit an application for new voter registration? / Am I entitled to vote in the new constituency and at a new polling station immediately after I report change of registered address?

    A6: In accordance with the current legislation, the Registration and Electoral Office will assign constituencies and polling stations according to the information as recorded in the current Final Register of Electors, which is updated once a year.  If there is any District Council or Legislative Council by-election before the publication of the next Final Register in September 2019, the Registration and Electoral Office will assign constituencies and polling stations according to the information of the prevailing Final Register published in July 2018.

    Therefore, persons submitting applications for new voter registrations within the 2019 voter registration cycle (i.e. from 3 May 2018 to 2 July 2019) will be entitled to vote at elections only after the 2019 Final Register of Electors is published in September 2019.

    For electors submitting applications for change of registered address within the 2019 voter registration cycle (i.e. from 3 April 2018 to 2 June 2019), should there be a by-election before the publication of the Final Register of Electors in September 2019, they will be assigned to vote at the constituency and polling station based on the old address (i.e. the address as recorded in the 2018 Final Register of Electors).

    Q7: What are the differences between the two newly revised geographical constituency voter registration forms REO-1 and REO-2? Which form should I use?

    A7: Starting from 1 February 2018, members of public should use the respective application form depending on whether they are a registered elector.   A member of public who is not yet a registered elector but wishes to be registered in a geographical constituency should use “Application for New Voter Registration (Geographical Constituencies)” (REO-1); a registered elector who needs to report change of his/her particulars should use “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2).

    You may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System (www.voterinfo.gov.hk) or call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 to check whether you are a registered elector, or whether your registration particulars are correct or not.

    Q8: I have filled out an application form several years ago. Do I have to register again?

    A8: If you have signed up as an elector before, you are not required to register again. You may log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System (www.voterinfo.gov.hk) or call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 to check whether your registration particulars are correct or not.

    For electors with inaccurate registration particulars, their registration status and eligibility to vote may be affected. Please complete the “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2) and submit the signed and completed form, together with an address proof issued within the last three months (applicable to change of residential address), to the REO for any change in your registration particulars especially residential address, so that the REO can update your records.

    Q9: I only turn 18 at the end of September 2019 but the registration deadline is 2 July. Could I register as an elector now?
    A9: If you reach 18 years of age on or before 25 September 2019 when the final register for 2019 is published, and if you are a Hong Kong permanent resident, you are eligible to apply for registration as an elector now.
    Q10: I shall move to a new flat in the near future, should I report my new home address to the Registration and Electoral Office now?
    A10: You should complete the “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2) and submit the signed and completed form, together with an address proof issued within the last three months, to the Registration and Electoral Office after you have moved home. If you submit an application for change of registered address on or before the statutory deadline for report on change of registration particulars of 2019 voter registration cycle (i.e. on or before 2 June 2019), your new address will be reflected in the 2019 Final Register for Electors.
    Q11: What kinds of documents are accepted as address proofs?

    A11: The Registration and Electoral Office accepts the documents below issued within the last three months (date of receipt by the Registration and Electoral Office will be adopted as the form submission date), which bear the issuing date and name of issuing organisation as a valid proof of address.  The relevant documents must also bear the elector’s name and principal residential address (name and address printed on the document should be identical to those given in the application form):

    1. bills or invoices issued by public bodies (e.g. utility bills for water, electricity or towngas services);
    2. correspondence from government departments or the Judiciary;
    3. statements or correspondence issued by banks, insurance companies or Mandatory Provident Fund Approved Trustees;
    4. bills of landline telephone, mobile phone, paid television or internet services;
    5. documents or bills issued by local post-secondary institutions which reliance can be placed on confirming the elector’s residential address;
    6. valid and "stamped" (for stamp duty) tenancy agreement (the criterion of being issued within 3 months before the date of submitting the application is not mandatory but such tenancy should cover the date of application); or
    7. bills, correspondence or other documents issued by public organisations such as the Hospital Authority, Housing Department, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, etc.

     

    Q12: If I cannot provide documents with my name and residential address as the address proof, what alternative documents may I submit to serve as valid address proof?
    A12: Apart from the elector’s own address proof, the Registration and Electoral Office also accepts the documents below issued within the last three months (date of receipt by the Registration and Electoral Office will be adopted as the form submission date), which bear the issuing date and name of issuing organisation as valid proof of address:

    • An address proof which bears the name and residential address of the person residing with the elector, and a declaration signed by the elector to confirm that such other person is living with the elector at the same address above and that the attached address proof is a complete authentic copy or true copy of the original. Sample of the declaration can be downloaded from the website of the Registration and Electoral Office (http://www.reo.gov.hk/en/voter/dra.htm).
    • If the elector is not able to produce any documents listed above, the Registration and Electoral Office also accepts a statutory declaration provided by the elector made before a Commissioner for Oaths/a practising solicitor/a Justice of the Peace to substantiate the claim of residing at the address by virtue of the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance (Cap.11). Free service for making statutory declarations is available at District Offices. Sample of the statutory declarations can be downloaded from the website of the Registration and Electoral Office (http://www.reo.gov.hk/en/voter/dra.htm).

    Q13: If my new home is a flat in public rental housing under the Housing Department or subsidised housing under the Hong Kong Housing Society, can I be exempted from the address proof requirement when I apply for change of address?

    A13: For electors who are the authorised occupants of public rental housing under the Housing Department or registered residents in the tenancy of subsidised housing under the Hong Kong Housing Society applying for change of registered address, and that the addresses in the tenancy records match the residential addresses provided by the electors, address proof requirement for such electors may be exempted.

    However, residents of housing units under the Home Ownership Scheme, Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme or public housing units which have been sold (e.g. flats under the Tenants Purchase Scheme) fall outside the scope of exemption and the electors concerned should provide valid address proofs.

    For cases where the Electoral Registration Officer cannot cross check an elector’s address information in the data matching with concerned department/organisation, the Electoral Registration Officer may request the elector to provide an address proof when applying for change of registered address under section 10A of the Electoral Affairs Commission (Registration of Electors)(Legislative Council Geographical Constituencies)(District Council Constituencies) Regulation (Cap. 541A).


    Q14: If I know someone provides false information for voter registration, how do I inform the government departments?
    A14: The existing arrangement of voter registration hinges on a mechanism of honest submission to achieve facilitating persons to register. Eligible persons for registration or registered electors should provide true and accurate information in making registration or reporting change of registration particulars. If the public members come across suspicious cases, they may lodge complaints to the Registration and Electoral Office which will follow up promptly and refer the cases to the law enforcement agencies for investigation as appropriate. The general public should not contravene the laws.
    Q15: If someone provides a false residential address to the Registration and Electoral Office for voter registration, or provides a fraudulent address proof document when applying for change of registered address, and subsequently votes at an election, which law will he/she contravene?
    A15: A person who knowingly or recklessly makes false or misleading information (e.g. false residential address) to the Registration and Electoral Office, notwithstanding whether that person votes at an election or not, commits an offence under the law. If the person subsequently votes at an election, he/she will breach section 16 of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance (Cap. 554), which is enforced by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for 7 years.

    Besides, if an elector produces or provides a fraudulent address proof with an intention that the Electoral Registration Officer shall accept it as a valid proof of address, he/she has committed the offence of forgery.  In accordance with section 71 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200), a person who commits the offence of forgery is liable for conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 14 years.


    Q16: I am a new arrival from the Mainland. May I register as an elector?
    A16: All Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above who ordinarily reside in Hong Kong may apply for registration as an elector.
    Q17: How do I know that my records are correctly entered on the register of electors?
    A17: A final register of electors was published for public inspection free of charge from 25 July 2018 onwards. Registered electors can check whether their registration particulars are correctly recorded in the register of electors or not. You may also check your latest registration particulars through the Online Voter Information Enquiry System (www.voterinfo.gov.hk) or call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.
    Q18: Can persons eligible for registration as electors of functional constituency /voters of Election Committee subsector also register now?
    A18: Persons who are eligible to be registered for the functional constituencies / Election Committee subsectors can also register now. If they hand in their application forms on or before 2 July 2019, their names will be recorded in the functional constituencies final register / subsector final register to be published in September 2019. If they do it after the deadline, their names could only be recorded in the register of electors to be published in the subsequent year.

    For details of registration as an elector for functional constituency/ an voter for Election Committee subsector, please click here.

    Q19: Are there any safeguards against possible abuse of my personal data?
    A19: You are rest assured that information provided by an elector will only be used for voter registration and election related purposes. The Registration and Electoral Office has adopted every possible means to ensure that such data will not be misused. Registers that are published for public inspection contain only the name and residential address of registered persons but not their identity card number or contact telephone number. Using any information on a register for a purpose other than a purpose related to an election is an offence under the current electoral law, and is liable to a fine at level 2 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
    Q20: I have submitted an application for new voter registration / change of registration particulars. How do I know that the Registration and Electoral Office has processed my application?
    A20: The Registration and Electoral Office will issue written registration notices by post after completion of processing the application for new voter registration or change of registration particulars. In addition to written registration notices, electors reporting change of registration particulars will also be notified by SMS/Email (if the elector has provided such information) that their registration particulars have been updated. Electors can also log on to the "Online Voter Information Enquiry System" via www.voterinfo.gov.hk to check their own record.
    Q21: Which department should I approach for help if I have more questions?
    A21: For enquiries, you are welcome to call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 or email us at reoenq@reo.gov.hk for more information.





     
     
     
     
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