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Hong Kong democracy poll closes with nearly 800,000 votes: Organisers

Published on Jun 30, 2014 12:16 AM
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Polls in an unofficial vote on electoral reform in Hong Kong closed on Sunday with almost 800,000 taking part, organisers said, days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for the southern Chinese city.

Chief pollster Robert Chung said 787,000 had participated in the informal referendum, which has angered Beijing, representing almost a quarter of the 3.47 million people who registered to vote at elections in 2012.

"Nearly 800,000 people peacefully expressed their views, no matter who they favour," Mr Chung told reporters late on Sunday, with the final turnout far surpassing organisers’ initial expectations.

The number of people that took part represents almost a quarter of the 3.47 million who registered to vote at elections in 2012, in a city of 7.2 million.

 
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