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Turnout hits new low in Hong Kong 'patriots only' election

Barely half as many cast votes as in 2016 legislative polls

Some 10,000 police officers have been deployed across Hong Kong to ensure "smooth operations" and address perceived security threats.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Voter participation hit a historic low in Hong Kong's legislative election after the electoral system was overhauled to ensure only "patriots" were allowed to stand as candidates, a barometer that political observers describe as "embarrassing" for the government.

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