The District Council Election 2023 was held today (10th), and "HK01" received information that the computer system of all ticket stations in Hong Kong malfunctioned at 7:40 p.m. and became inoperable. According to the news, the district selection may require extra time. The polling station director of Fung Tak Community Centre in Wong Tai Sin confirmed to reporters that the electronic voter register is temporarily unavailable. Some voters pointed out that they wanted to go home after voting at the polling station, but they did not expect to learn that they could not vote for the time being, which greatly reduced their desire to vote. There are also criticisms of the authorities' failures and waste of money on propaganda.


According to the latest news, all polling stations will be switched to manual ticketing. The computer systems at individual ticket stations were repaired at 8:20 p.m.


The computer failure of all ticket stations in Hong Kong caused a long queue at each ticket station. (Photo by Luo Guohui)

Computers at all ticket stations in Hong Kong malfunctioned at night. After the reporter of "Hong Kong 01" arrived at the polling station of the Wan Chai Post Office, a staff member asked whether the system was maintained by the staff, and then the staff revealed that the polling station was temporarily closed, and there were no voters in the polling station for the time being, and they needed to wait for the completion of the maintenance before they could enter the complaint.

The polling officer of the Fung Tak Community Centre at Wong Tai Sin confirmed to reporters that the electronic voter register is temporarily unusable, and is currently awaiting approval from the authorities to use paper-based voting, which is expected to be available at 9 p.m. at the earliest. If the voting system of Tai Po North polling station in the New Territories fails, the traditional voting method will be switched, and the recovery time will be about 1 hour, during which voting will not be possible.

Staff at the Queen's Hill polling station will distribute priority cards to voters at the venue, so that they can return to the polling station at 10.<>pm with the card to be given priority voting rights.

At the polling station of Sin Chi Wan Primary School in Tai Wai, after the arrival of some members of the public who were planning to go to the polls, the staff said that due to the failure of the computer system, the voters were expected to return later, and the staff also asked the waiting voters to enter the polling station to rest and wait. It is understood that the polling station will be converted into manual invoices and is awaiting instructions from the authorities. According to the latest news, at 8:35 p.m., the polling station has been switched to manual ticketing.

There is a long queue of people outside the Telford Garden ticket station. (Photo by Lu Yingshan)

Telford Garden polling station was also crowded due to a system failure to vote, with about 20 people waiting to vote. The on-site staff said that the situation began at <> p.m., and emergency repairs are currently underway, and now they will change to the traditional manual registration method, but it is unknown when voting can resume.

Voters: Accidents undermine voting intentions

The Wan Chai Post Office ticket station was reopened at about 8:20 p.m., and there were people queuing up to enter the polling station to vote, she pointed out that the staff switched to manual ballot distribution, describing the process of ballot distribution as simple, and the public said: "It's a system, it's OK, it's all right, and it's all over quickly", and it took less than 5 minutes from entering the polling station to completing the vote. However, the member of the public said that the staff had not explained the reason for switching to manual ticketing.

Mrs. Chan said that she lives near the polling station and can walk 10 minutes to the polling station to vote, saying that she has always had a voting Xi, "to fulfill civic responsibility", also known as familiar with the Wan Chai District election platform, but her family just specially accompanied her to the polling station to vote, how did she expect to learn that she could not vote for the time being, decided to turn home, revealing that she may not go out to vote again after returning home, "It's night, listen to the Japanese Zhong to return to work". Chan Sang mistakenly believed that the Government had "reserve preparations", but unexpectedly, the system failure would affect the voter turnout, which he believed would undermine voters' intention to vote.

Ms. Lin said, "I'm ready to take a shower and I'll come up with it."

Ms. Lin was carrying a backpack and said that she had just gone out, and she wanted to go home after voting at the polling station, but she did not expect to learn that she could not vote for the time being.

According to the latest news, the computer system of the Wan Chai Post Office ticket station has been repaired.

Voters failed to approve it

Mr Chan said that the polling station of Caritas St. Joseph's Secondary School in Tsing Yi could not vote, and he criticized the authorities for their poor response measures: "The big gongs and drums have wasted a lot of resources on publicity, and they have never really tried to vote in a big way for a few years, and they have not done a good job of testing.

Another voter, Ms Wong, said that the polling station of Ma Tau Chung Government Primary School was also malfunctioning, and more than 20 people waited for nearly half an hour and did not return to normal. There's a mistake!"

Voting system malfunction at Tai Po North polling station. (Reader provided)

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