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Frequently Asked Questions - Functional Constituency (and Election Committee subsectors)
 

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Q1. Who may register as an elector for a Functional Constituency (FC) and/or a voter for an Election Committee (EC) subsector?
Q2. Why should I register?
Q3. How to register?
Q4. I have submitted an application for registration in a FC/EC subsector several years ago, do I need to register again?
Q5. Are there any application deadlines for registration in FC/EC subsector and change of registration particulars?
Q6. Can I submit an application after the deadline?
Q7. Who can be appointed as an Authorized Representative of a corporate elector/voter?
Q8. Are there any restrictions for appointment of an Authorized Representative?
Q9. How to appoint an Authorized Representative?
Q10. How to replace an Authorized Representative?
Q11. Who is disqualified from being registered?
Q12. Are there any safeguards against possible abuse of my personal data?
Q13. Will I receive any reply from the Registration and Electoral Office after submission of an application form?
Q14. Who is eligible to be registered in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency?
Q15. What application form should be used for registration in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency?
Q16. How should I approach for help if I have more questions?

 

Q1.  Who may register as an elector for a Functional Constituency (FC) and/or a voter for an Election Committee (EC) subsector?

A1.  To register as an individual elector/voter, you must:

    1. possess the qualifications required for registration in the FC/EC subsector (You may click here to the website of Registration and Electoral Office for details of qualifications required for each FC/EC subsector);
    2. be registered as an elector in a Geographical Constituency or are eligible and have applied to be so registered (You may click here for GC elector requirement);
    3. not being appointed as an Authorized Representative of a corporate elector/voter in the same FC/EC subsector in which the corporate elector/voter has been registered;
    4. not subject to any disqualification from registration  (Click here for reasons for disqualification from registration);
    5. only be registered in the District Council (First) FC and not in any other FC if you are eligible to be registered in the District Council (First) FC and any other FC at the same time; and
    6. only be registered in the Heung Yee Kuk FC and not in any other FC if you are eligible to be registered in the Heung Yee Kuk FC and any other FC other than the District Council (First) FC at the same time.

    To register as a corporate elector/voter, your body must:

    1. possess the qualifications required for registration in the FC/EC subsector  (You may click here to the website of Registration and Electoral Office for details of qualifications required for each FC/EC subsector);
    2. not subject to any disqualification from registration (Click here for reasons for disqualification from registration);
    3. appoint an authorized representative for the purpose of casting your body's vote in an election; and
    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:
      (a)    Agriculture and Fisheries;
      (b)    Insurance; or
      (c)    Transport.
Q2. Why should I register?

A2.  Only registered electors/voters can vote in the Legislative Council Functional Constituency Elections and Election Committee Subsector Elections.  It is your right to elect your representative to sit in these bodies.

Q3.  How to register?

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

  • register online via this website (click here) if you have a valid digital certificate issued by Hongkong Post )
  • download a form here
     
    New Voter Registration in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector
    PDF 
    REO-41 (Application by an Individual for Registration in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector)

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    The above form is in PDF format.
    Please download Acrobat Reader to view and print it.

    For details on report on change of particulars by a registered elector, please refer to Q4.
  • 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
  • get a form from District Offices
  • after completing and signing the voter registration form, you may submit the form by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180) or email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) to Registration and Electoral Office.

To register as a corporate elector/voter, you can:

  • download a form here
    PDF
    REO-42 (Application by a Body for Registration in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector/Report on Change of Particulars)


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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
  • get a form from District Offices
  • 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) or email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) to Registration and Electoral Office.

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Q4. I have submitted an application for registration in a FC/EC subsector several years ago, do I need to register again?

A4. If you have signed up as an individual elector for a FC and/or an individual voter for an EC subsector before, you are not required to register again if your eligibility for registration remains unchanged.  However, for electors/voters 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.

  • Starting from 1 February 2018, if you are a registered elector and you wish to report change of registration particulars (such as name and registered address), you must complete the application form “Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector in a Geographical Constituency” (REO-2), please click here for details)
  • If you wish to change to register in another FC and / or EC subsector, or to de-register/opt for not to be registered in District Council (Second) Functional Constituency, please use form REO-43.
    PDF

    REO-43 (Report on Change of Particulars by an Individual in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector/De-registration or Non-registration for the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency)

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    The above form is in PDF format.
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For enquiries, please call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.

If your body has signed up as a corporate elector for a FC and/or a corporate voter for an EC subsector before, your body is not required to register again if your body's eligibility for registration remains unchanged. However, for corporate electors/voters 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 other registration particulars, you may download a REO-42 form here for an elector in a FC and a voter for an EC subsector.
For enquiries, please call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001.
Q5. Are there any application deadlines for registration in FC/EC subsector and change of registration particulars?

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

New voter registration in FC/EC subsector

District Council Election year:  2 July
Non District Council Election year:  2 May

Report on change of registration particulars by an elector

District Council Election year:  2 June
Non District Council Election year:  2 April

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Q6. Can I submit an application after the deadline?

A6. Eligible electors/voters 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 their names and addresses recorded/updated in the registers of electors/voters 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/voters to be published in the subsequent year.

Q7.  Who can be appointed as an Authorized Representative of a corporate elector/voter?

A7.  A person is eligible to be appointed as an Authorized Representative of a corporate elector/voter 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/voter, 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 appointment of an Authorized Representative?

A8.  No person shall be appointed as an Authorized Representative if:

  1. he/she is already appointed by one corporate elector and/or corporate voter; or
  2. he/she has been registered as an individual elector in the same FC and/or an individual voter in the same subsector in which the corporate body has been registered or has applied to be registered.
Q9.  How to appoint an Authorized Representative?

A9.  If a corporate elector/voter has never appointed an Authorized Representative, you can use the REO-42 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/voters to be published in that year.Back to top

Q10. How to replace an Authorized Representative?

A10. A corporate elector/voter 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-42R.  The completed form should reach the Electoral Registration Officer not later than 14 days before the polling date for the FC/EC subsector concerned.

To obtain the specified form for replacing an Authorized Representative, you can:

  • download a form here
    PDF 
    REO-42R (Notice of Replacement/Substitution of Authorized Representative)

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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 notice (with authenticating stamp of the body), you may submit the form by post, fax (fax number: 2891 1180) or email (email address: form@reo.gov.hk) to Registration and Electoral Office.

Q11. Who is disqualified from being registered?

A11. (A) A person is disqualified from being registered as an individual elector or voter, 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.

(B) A body is disqualified from being registered as a corporate elector or voter, 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 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/voter 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/voters that are published for public inspection 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.  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.

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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.

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Q14. Who is eligible to be registered in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency?

A14. You are eligible to be registered if you are registered as an elector for geographical constituencies but are not registered as an elector for any other functional constituencies.

If you are already registered in one of the 28 existing FCs (except for Heung Yee Kuk FC, Agriculture and Fisheries FC, Insurance FC, Transport FC and District Council (First) FC), you may change registration to become an elector for the District Council (Second) FC. 

If you are eligible to be registered in or have been registered in an FC other than the District Council (Second) FC, and you choose to be registered in the District Council (Second) FC, you will not be registered in or will cease to be registered in that other FC.  Further, you will not be registered in or will cease to be registered in a subsector corresponding to that other FC. A person can only be registered in one FC at any one time.

You do not need to apply to be registered in the District Council (Second) FC if you have already been so registered.  If you wish to confirm whether you are a registered elector, you may call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 for checking.

Q15. What application form should be used for registration in the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency?

A15.  To apply for registration in the District Council (Second) FC and/or an optional EC subsector, please use form REO-41 (“Application by an Individual for Registration in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector”) (click here to download the form REO-41). (You may click here to download the guidance notes on the eligibility for registration in the optional EC subsectors) .

Starting from 1 February 2018, if an elector registered in an existing FC wishes to change to register in District Council (Second) FC or wishes to opt for not to be registered in District Council (Second) FC, please use the form “Report on Change of Particulars by an Individual in a Functional Constituency and/or an Election Committee Subsector/De-registration or Non-registration for the District Council (Second) Functional Constituency” (REO-43) (click here to download the form REO-43).                
Q16. How should I approach for help if I have more questions?

A16. You are welcome to call the Registration and Electoral Office hotline at 2891 1001 or email to reoenq@reo.gov.hk for all enquiries.

 
 
 
 
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