Hong Kong elections: Voters fan out across city for first poll since Beijing shake-up, which Carrie Lam says ‘will lay foundation’ for future races

Voters fanned out across five polling stations in Hong Kong on Sunday morning to cast their ballots for members of the powerful Election Committee , kicking off the city’s first political race under a Beijing-decreed system overhaul . Under the central government’s radical revamp, designed to ensure only “patriots” govern Hong Kong, the original 1,200-strong Election Committee has been expanded by 300 seats and given new powers to not only elect the city’s next leader, but also nominate lawmakers and field up to 40 of its members for the Legislative Council.…

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