Voters cast their votes in the 6th Macau legislative election at Instituto Salesiano in Macao SAR. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
MACAO – The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations.
More than 300,000 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots in the sixth Legislative Assembly Macao SAR
Thousands of voters went to polling stations ahead of the official voting time of 9 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday. The voting was scheduled to end at 9 pm (1300 GMT).
In line with the provisions of the Basic Law, the sixth legislature will be composed of 33 seats – 14 directly-elected seats, 12 indirectly-elected seats, and seven others appointed by the Macao SAR's chief executive.
There are a total of 307,020 eligible voters in direct election, up 11.23 percent from the previous election in 2013.
The 859 legal person voters, up by 19.47 percent from the previous election in 2013, are expected to vote in indirect election.
A total of 186 candidates are running for the 14 directly-elected seats, while 15 candidates from six vocational groups are running for the 12 indirectly-elected seats.
There are 42 polling stations setting up in all districts for voters' convenience, based on voters' permanent residence address.
Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of Macao, casts his vote in the Macau Legislative Assembly election at Instituto Salesiano in the Macao SAR on Sept 17, 2017. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
To ensure the voting rights of residents who are serving their terms of imprisonment, the authorities also set up a polling station in the Macao Prison.
Under Macao's law on voter registration, only permanent residents of Macao aged 18 and above have the right to vote.
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