Over HK$16 million spent on publicity to promote Hong Kong’s electoral overhaul

Over HK$16 million was spent on publicity to promote drastic changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system. The first “patriots only” Legislative Council election was held in December, and saw the pro-establishment sweep the legislature amid record low voter turnout.

Posters advertising the 2021 Legislative Council elections at a bus stop in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: GovHK.

The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) said in a document published on Friday that the sum was spent to “convey the message” that the improved electoral system “enables Hong Kong to stay true to the original aspiration in implementing the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and get back on the right track.”

Public transport advertisements accounted for the largest slice, at HK$3.36 million. Around $2.7 million was spent on “television and radio announcements/other videos,” “newspaper advertisements” and “posters, pamphlets and leaflets.”

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