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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

Civil servant requirement clear

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today said the requirement for civil servants is set out in the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong.   Speaking to the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip said the Government has made clear its new policy and arrangements regarding the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport which will not be recognised as a valid travel document and proof of identity in Hong Kong.   “As regards civil servants holding a foreign passport or all that, we just follow what it is set out in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong laws.   “Basically, the requirement is that they have to be Hong Kong permanent residents.”
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