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Hong Kong may move to outlaw organised ‘en-masse’ protest votes in elections

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Hong Kong will respect the right voters’ have to cast a blank ballot but may make inciting others to do so illegal, city leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday. Her comments came after a week of speculation over whether the government will outlaw casting a blank vote in protest at Beijing’s overhaul of the city’s election system.

“The Basic Law protects the right of election and the right to vote by Hong Kong residents,” Lam said.

A polling station in Tin Shui Estate. Photo: StandNews.

“We have to respect that Hong Kong people have the right to choose. So for ballot papers given to voters, it is their freedom to express their views using their ballot paper. Whether they choose a particular candidate or not choose anyone at all or sabotage the ballot paper to make it invalid, it is their freedom,” she continued.

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