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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

Virus tests in restricted areas end

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in Tsuen Wan finished today. A total of about 1,195 residents were tested and no confirmed COVID-19 cases were found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on April 19 to make restriction-testing declarations to require people within the specified restricted areas at Fu Yung Building and Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from April 6 to 19 to undergo mandatory testing by April 21 even if they were not at the buildings when the declarations took effect.   About 280 residents in Fu Yung Building and about 915 people in Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 were tested.   The Government also checked about 595 residents' test records during the enforcement operations for the two buildings. Ten people were found to have not undergone mandatory testing and were issued with a compulsory testing order.   Additionally, the Government assigned staff to visit around 420 households in the buildings, of which about 30 did not answer the door. These include some households with confirmed cases or are undergoing quarantine and some units that are possibly vacant.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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