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Hong Kong election turnout sinks to record low

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Voter turnout in Hong Kong’s first parliamentary election since the crackdown on its pro-democracy movement sank to a record low. Only 1.35 million of the 4.5 million eligible voters cast their ballots, authorities said. The final results of the Sunday vote were expected later on Monday. The figures put voter participation at 30.2 per cent after polls closed in the Chinese-administered region, compared to an election turnout of 58.3 per cent five years ago in Hong Kong, where some 7 million people live. The election is the first since Beijing introduced significant electoral changes to a terri…

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