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Frequently Asked Questions — Functional Constituency

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Q1: Who may register as an elector for a functional constituency (FC)?

A1: To register as an individual elector, you must:

  1. possess the eligibility required for registration in the FC (You may click here to the website of Registration and Electoral Office for the eligibility for registration in each FC);
  2. be registered as an elector in a Geographical Constituency("GC") or are eligible and have applied to be so registered (You may click here for GC elector requirement);
  3. not subject to any disqualification from registration (Click here for reasons for disqualification from registration);

Please also note that individual applicants must register in the FC according to the below priority of registration (of which (1) as the FC with the highest priority of registration):

  1. Heung Yee Kuk FC; and
  2. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People’s Congress, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and representatives of relevant national organisations FC

For example, if a person is eligible to be registered in both the Heung Yee Kuk FC and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People’s Congress, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and representatives of relevant national organisations FC at the same time, he/she must only be registered in the FC with higher priority of registration, which is the Heung Yee Kuk FC.

To register as a corporate elector, your body must:

  1. possess the eligibility required for registration in the FC (You may click here to the website of Registration and Electoral Office for the eligibility for registration in each FC);
  2. not subject to any disqualification from registration (Click here for reasons for disqualification from registration); and
  3. appoint an Authorized Representative ("AR") by the governing authority of your body for the purpose of casting your body's vote at an election; and

    Please also note the additional requirements applicable to certain FCs:
  4. only be registered in one of the following FC if your body is eligible to be registered in the following FC and any other FC at the same time:
    1. Agriculture and Fisheries;
    2. Insurance;
    3. Transport;
    4. Finance;
    5. Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication;
    6. Technology and Innovation; or
    7. Catering;

Q2: Why should I register?

A2: Only registered electors can vote in the Legislative Council Functional Constituency Elections to elect your representative.

A3: To register as an individual elector, you can:

To register as a corporate elector, you can:

  • download a form here:
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    The above form is in PDF format.
    Please download Acrobat Reader to view and print it.
  • get a form from the Registration and Electoral Office at 10/F Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong or 13/F Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
  • after completing and signing the voter registration form (with authenticating stamp of the body), you may submit the form by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180), email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) or upload the form to our e-Form Upload Platform (www.reo-form.gov.hk) - if submitting via this channel, please take note of the application number generated by the system so that the application status may be checked afterwards when needed.

Q4: I have submitted an application for registration and successfully registered in an FC several years ago, do I need to register again?

A4: For 2021 special voter registration arrangement, you may click here for details, including its applicable scope and relevant deadlines. Generally speaking, individuals and bodies who are newly eligible, and currently registered individual and corporate electors of FCs who are no longer eligible to register in their original FC or if their original FC has been deleted but eligible to register in another FC, must submit applications on or before 5 July 2021 to register in any FC for which they are eligible, and to be included in the 2021 FC provisional register. Applications received after 5 July 2021 will be processed in the 2022 voter registration cycle.

From 2022 voter registration cycle onwards, if you have registered as an individual elector for an FC before, you are not required to register again if your eligibility for registration remains unchanged. However, for electors with inaccurate or incomplete registration particulars, their eligibility to vote may be affected. Please report to the Registration and Electoral Office to update your records.

For enquiries, please call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.

If your body has registered as a corporate elector for an FC before, your body is not required to register again if your body's eligibility for registration remains unchanged. However, for corporate electors with inaccurate or incomplete registration particulars, their eligibility to vote may be affected. Please report to the Registration and Electoral Office to update your body's records.

  • If you need to change your body's address and/or other registration particulars, you may download a REO-FC(B) form here for reporting to the Registration and Electoral Office.

For enquiries, please call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.

Q5: Are there any application deadlines for registration in FC and change of registration particulars?

A5: Under the law, the respective statutory deadlines are as follows:

For 2021 special voter registration arrangement, you may click here for details, including its applicable scope and relevant deadlines. The deadline of 2021 special voter registration arrangement is 5 July 2021. Applications received after 5 July 2021 will only be processed in the 2022 voter registration cycle.

From 2022 voter registration cycle onwards:
New voter registration in FC: 2 June
Report on change of registration particulars by an elector: 2 June

Q6: Can I submit an application after the deadline?

A6: For 2021 special voter registration arrangement, you may click here for details. The deadline of 2021 special voter registration arrangement is 5 July 2021. Applications received after 5 July 2021 will only be processed in the 2022 voter registration cycle.

From 2022 voter registration cycle onwards, eligible electors may submit an application at any time of the year. But they should do so before the statutory deadline (please refer to Q5 above) of a particular year if they wish to have the names and addresses recorded/updated in the registers of electors to be published in that year. If their applications were received by the Registration and Electoral Office after the deadline, their names and addresses could only be recorded/updated in the registers of electors to be published in the subsequent year.

Q7: Who is eligible to be appointed as an authorized representative of a corporate elector?

A7: A person is eligible to be appointed as an authorized representative of a corporate elector if he/she:

  1. is registered, or is eligible to be registered and has applied to be registered, as an elector for a geographical constituency (‘GC’) (You may click here for GC elector requirement);
  2. has a substantial connection with the corporate elector, e.g. being a member, partner, officer or employee of the body;
  3. is not subject to any disqualification from registration as an authorized representative (Click here for reasons for disqualification from registration); and
  4. does not fall into the restrictions stated in Q8.

Q8: Are there any restrictions for the appointment of an authorized representative?

A8: A person who is an authorized representative of a corporate elector is not eligible to be appointed as the authorized representative of another corporate elector.

Authorized representatives of corporate electors must be appointed by the governing authority of the body.

[Note: If an authorized representative of a corporate elector is eligible to be registered as an individual elector in another FC, he may apply to be so registered.]

Q9: How to appoint an authorized representative?

A9: You can use the REO-FC(B) form (please refer to Q3 for obtaining the form) to appoint the authorized representative(s). The application should reach the Registration and Electoral Office before the statutory deadline for new registration (please refer to Q5 above) of a particular year if you wish to have the name of the authorized representative to be included in the registers of electors to be published in that year.

Q10: How to replace an authorized representative?

A10: The governing authority of a corporate elector may replace its appointed authorized representative from time to time. However, the newly appointed authorized representative must be a registered GC elector (You may click here for GC elector requirement) and also complies with the requirements for appointment of an authorized representative (please refer to Q7 above). The request for replacement of an authorized representative has to be done on a specified form REO-FCR. The completed form should reach the Electoral Registration Officer not later than 14 days before the polling date for the FC concerned.

To obtain the specified form for replacing an authorized representative, you can:

  • download a form here:
    Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
    The above form is in PDF format.
    Please download Acrobat Reader to view and print it.
  • get a form from the Registration and Electoral Office at 10/F Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong or 13/F Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
  • after completing and signing the notice (with authenticating stamp of the body), you may submit the form by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180), email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) or upload the form to our e-Form Upload Platform (www.reo-form.gov.hk) - if submitting via this channel, please take note of the application number generated by the system so that the application status may be checked afterwards when needed.

Q11: Who is disqualified from being registered?

A11:

  1. A person is disqualified from being registered as an individual elector, or as an authorized representative, if he/she:
    1. is found under the Mental Health Ordinance (Cap. 136) to be incapable, by reason of mental incapacity, of managing and administering his/her property and affairs; or
    2. is a member of any armed forces.
  2. A body is disqualified from being registered as a corporate elector, if it –
    1. is a consular post to which any privilege or immunity is accorded under the Consular Relations Ordinance (Cap. 557); or
    2. is an organization to which section 2 of the International Organizations and Diplomatic Privileges Ordinance (Cap. 190) applies or an international organization defined in section 2 of the International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Ordinance (Cap. 558); or
    3. is a body which is a department or an agency of a government of a place outside the People's Republic of China, whether at national, regional or municipal level.

Note: For the purposes of item (B)3, a body is not regarded as a department or an agency of a government of a place unless –

  • the management of the body is appointed by the government and is answerable to the government;
  • the principal function of the body is to advance the interest of the place; and
  • the body is non-profit-making.

Q12: Are there any safeguards against possible abuse of my personal data?

A12: All 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 your data will not be misused. Under the law, registers of electors that are published for inspection by specific persons contain only the names and principal residential addresses of individual electors, and the names and business addresses of corporate electors and the names of their authorized representatives. From 2022 voter registration cycle onwards, registers of electors that are published for inspection by specific persons contain only the first character/word of the names and principal residential addresses of individual electors. Using any information on a register for a purpose other than a purpose related to an election commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 2 and to imprisonment for 6 months.

Q13: Will I receive any reply from the Registration and Electoral Office after submission of an application form?

A13: The Registration and Electoral Office will normally respond within 14 days after receiving your application for registration or change of particulars. If you have not received any reply 14 days after submission of your application form, please call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.

Q14: Where can I obtain further information?

A14: You are welcome to call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 or email to reoenq@reo.gov.hk for all enquiries.