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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

More in-person classes to be held

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government said it plans to allow schools to conduct more face-to-face classes on a half-day basis after the Lunar New Year holiday.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon.   He noted the Education Bureau announced last month that primary and secondary schools were allowed to arrange for a small number of students to return for classes or examinations amid the suspension of face-to-face classes.   Such arrangements have been running smoothly, and no large COVID-19 outbreak has been detected at schools in the past month.   The Government will therefore examine allowing more face-to-face classes at schools on a half-day basis after the Lunar New Year holiday at around the end of February, Mr Yeung added.   He said: "For the resumption of face-to-face lessons, I have yet to work with the principals to work out the details. We are aiming to have some discussion within this week.   "Hopefully, we can make some announcements by the end of this week so that we will know the detailed arrangement of what classes will resume face-to-face lessons earlier, or if we can do a bit more than usual."
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