The number of voters in Hong Kong has increased around by 26,000 compared to last year.

There are a total of 3,805,069 voters in the 2017 final register for the geographical constituencies, compared to 3,779,085 in 2016. Each are allowed to vote in the direct elections.

Civil groups had previously urged a million eligible voters, who have yet to register, to do so before the May deadline.

Ballots. File Photo: GovHK.

No major elections for the District Council or the Legislative Council have been scheduled this year, but by-elections could potentially occur for the six seats left by lawmakers disqualified by the court.

Of the five geographical constituencies, New Territories East saw the highest increase in voters – up 13,915 compared to last year.

Hong Kong Island is the only constituency where the number of voters decreased. There are 4,534 fewer voters in the area compared to last year.

Aside from the geographical constituencies, 236,859 voters can vote in the functional constituencies, where some professional sectors – including medical, accountancy and education sectors – can elect their own representatives at the Legislative Council.

For voters who do not belong to any of the professional sectors, they can vote in the District Council (second) functional constituency for five so-called “super district councillors” at the LegCo, who are elected by voters across the city instead of only one geographical constituency. 3,473,792 citizens can vote in this constituency.

The two figures for the functional constituencies combined are smaller than the total number of voters.

Previously, the Registration and Electoral Office rejected 130 new voter applications for the Information Technology sector, claiming that the applicants, or the industry organisation they belonged to, failed to provide information proving their eligibility.

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Voters line up to cast their ballots in the 2016 Legislative Council elections. File Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

According to the final register, 243,638 voters can vote for representatives the chief executive election committee.

Registered electors can log in to the Online Voter Information Enquiry System, or call the enquiry hotline on 2891 1001, to check their own registration status and particulars.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.