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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

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Travel bubble safeguards in place

The travel bubble arrangement between Hong Kong and Singapore includes additional safeguards, but both sides will continue to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic situation, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said today.   After attending an event, Mr Yau told reporters Hong Kong was currently enjoying a relatively stable and low-risk situation.   “We have seen the number of cases, particularly those unlinked local cases, come down to a very low level. We hope this will be maintained.   “At the same time, we are also seeing Singapore, despite some cases, by and large staying within the range that we have agreed upon for the suspension or resumption.   “So, at the moment, we are keeping an eye on this development and will see how things go.”   Mr Yau assured travellers that both places have strengthened their safeguards and would be on the alert for any changes in the epidemic situation.   “The most recent agreement has additional built-in safeguards, including an additional three-day observation on the daily number of unlinked local cases at a lower level, and the requirement to stay in the respective cities for 14 days before embarking on the travel bubble without counting the quarantine requirement for those passengers coming from a third place.   “All these are the measures that we have put in place. Of course we will stay very alert. If circumstances get worse, we will see whether there is a need to adjust them; if things are going smoothly, stably and safely, I think it is everybody's wish to have the scheme proceed as planned to be launched on May 26.”
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