Letters sent to all registered electors this month inform them of voter registration arrangements for the new District Council (second) functional constituency, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam said today.
Speaking to reporters following a Legislative Council Constitutional Affairs Panel special meeting, he said the 2012 Legislative Council Election will introduce the new District Council (second) functional constituency, which will return five members to LegCo. All electors will have one vote for a geographical constituency and one for a functional constituency.
All geographical constituency electors who are not registered in any functional constituency will be automatically registered in the District Council (second) functional constituency, unless they elect not to be, Mr Tam said.
Functional constituency electors, except for those for the Heung Yee Kuk, Agriculture & Fisheries, Insurance, Transport, and District Council (first) functional constituencies may also choose to change their registration to become electors for the District Council (second) functional constituency instead of that for which they are currently registered.
The letter also urges electors to inform the Registration & Electoral Office of changes or corrections to their address and other particulars.
They can obtain forms for updating voter registration particulars from the Registration & Electoral Office or District Offices, or download them from the voter registration website
"A special envelope has been designed for this letter," Mr Tam said.
"If any citizen received a letter that is not addressed to him or her, or his or her family members, or if there is no such addressee in this residence, we would like to appeal to the public to put a tick in the appropriate box on the envelope and return it to the REO through our postal service for follow-up."
A public consultation on voter registration will end on March 2, he added.
“We will be reporting back to the Legislative Council on the further measures that we would like to take in light of the public opinions that we have received.”