Hong Kong elected a total of 90 new lawmakers on Sunday under Beijing’s revamped rules, which ensured that the city’s Legislative Council is stacked with “patriots.”

While the polls saw a historic low turnout of around 1.3 million people – or 30.2 per cent of registered voters – Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the elected candidates as “broadly representative,” and said the composition of the expanded legislature was “quite good.”

HKFP reviews the best photos by our reporters and photographer on Sunday, when candidates roamed the city to appeal to voters but polling stations were quiet. The team also captured hectic scenes at bus stops and metro stations as crowds took advantage of free public transport on polling day.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam cast her ballot at the Raimondi College poling station. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Members of the League of Social Democrats, including Chan Po-ying, led a four-person protest near Raimondi College as the chief executive cast her ballot. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
A polling station at the Hennessy Road Government Primary School in Wan Chai. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
A supporter asked New People’s Party chief Regina Ip to sign an autograph on his back. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Election poster and dried fruits on sale Photo: Kyle Lam.
Free bus rides on election day. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.
Masses of passengers passed through MTR turnstiles freely as train rides have been made free on election day. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.
Hundreds of people queued up for buses in Causeway Bay as bus rides were free on election day. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.
A polling station in Tai Koo. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Stanley Ng Chau-pei, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, is canvassing in Siu Sai wan. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
DAB volunteers canvassing for Edward Leung. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
DAB candidate Lau Kwok-fun was canvassing in Fanling on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.
Legislative candidate Lau Chan Hok-fung (centre) and pro-Beijing heavyweight Ip Kwok-him (right) in Kennedy Town. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.
Chairperson of the Electoral Affairs Commission Justice Barnabas Fung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang opening the first ballot box in Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” legislative race on December 19, 2021. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Candidates in the Election Committee constituency in Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” Legislative Council election. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Candidates in the Election Committee constituency in Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” Legislative Council election. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.
Bill Tang from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

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