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Hong Kong protests

Record turnout in first Hong Kong election since protests began

District council vote seen as test of public support for demonstrations

Voters queue to vote at a polling station during district council elections in Hong Kong on Sunday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Polls closed in Hong Kong's first elections since the anti-government protests began in June, with a record number of voters casting ballots in a test of public support for the demonstrations that have plunged the city into chaos.

Some 2.75 million people, or 66.5% of registered voters, had cast ballots in the district council elections as of 8:30 p.m. local time, according to the election's official website. The figure surpassed that of the previous 2015 local polls as early nine hours before voting ended at 10:30 p.m.

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