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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

Views sought on firearm control

The Government today launched a four-week public consultation on the control of genuine firearm component parts.   It said firearms and their component parts have always been under stringent control in Hong Kong.   The Government pointed out that cases involving genuine arms have increased in recent years and criminals have made use of the loophole in the existing definition of arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance to smuggle component parts of genuine firearms into Hong Kong in separate shipments and then assemble them into fully functional firearms to evade the law.   Noting that the situation is worrying, the Government said it is necessary to provide a clearer and more concrete definition of firearm component parts to plug the legal loophole.   It proposed to amend the Firearms & Ammunition (Declaration of Arms) Regulations to list specific essential firearm component parts as arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance.   A 90-day grace period was also proposed to allow those affected to dispose of the component parts or apply for a licence from Police before the regulations come into effect.    The consultation will end on March 16.   The Government will consolidate views received and table the proposed amendments by subsidiary legislation at the Legislative Council, with a view to completing the legislative process within the current legislative session.   Views can be submitted by email, faxed to 2810 7702 or posted to the Security Bureau at 10/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar.   Click here for the consultation document.
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