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Only ‘patriots’ left in the Hong Kong election

Officials during a trial run at a polling station in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam called the announcement that public transport will be free for all citizens next Sunday a “gesture of collective responsibility”. The idea is to get people to vote, Lam said. This incentive is unlikely to be of much significance, as most polling stations are close to where voters live. But it is a sign that there is concern about low voter turnout.

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