Macau’s election ends with voter turnout of 42 percent

Macau’s election for lawmakers ended with a voter turnout of only 42.38 percent — 14.84 percent lower than 2017.

A total of 137,281 people cast their ballots in the city’s Legislative Assembly election today.

Disqualification of candidates and the ongoing pandemic are blamed for the low turnout.

In July, Macau’s Electoral Affairs Commission barred 21 opposition candidatesfrom the race after “finding evidence proving they did not uphold Macau’s Basic Law and were not loyal to Macau”.

Voters elect 14 seats out of 33 in the Legislative Assembly. The election is joined by 128 candidates from 14 parties.

Twelve of the remaining 19 seats are returned through indirect elections within professional sectors — similar to Hong Kong’s functional constituencies — and Macau’s Chief Executive will appoint the remaining seven seats.

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