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Plunge in Macao voter turnout carries signal for Hong Kong

Participation falls below 50% for first time after 21 candidates disqualified

The Macao Electoral Affairs Commission attributed the decline in voting to bad weather and pandemic travel controls. (Courtesy Macao Government Information Bureau)

HONG KONG -- Voter turnout for Macao's legislative election plunged to a record low after most opposition hopefuls were disqualified, an ominous signal as officials in nearby Hong Kong prepare for year-end polls on similar terms.

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