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Voting for the primaries was delayed until noon on Saturday as a result of the raid, the organizers said. Police were seen visiting some of the polling stations.
A police spokeswoman said officers from the cyber security crime bureau conducted the search after receiving complaints from members of the public about leaked information.
Hong Kong has also reimposed social-distancing restrictions that went effect Saturday and could dissuade some residents from coming out to vote
Hong Kong, which is seeing a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases, has also reimposed social-distancing restrictions that went effect Saturday and could dissuade some residents from coming out to vote.
Pan-democrat organizers held media briefings in the past week to bolster public support and appeal for funds to cover expenses, but as of Friday had achieved only half their month-long crowd-funding goal of HK$3.5 million ($450,000). Candidates — including Wong — have set up street booths in their respective districts in a last-ditch effort to secure votes ahead of the primary.
The government has blocked nine candidates from running because of their support for Hong Kong independence and self-determination since 2016, when it first took the then-unprecedented step of banning politicians from running for Legco due to their political views.
“Authorities want to use the rule of fear to suppress any different views and exactly how we can counteract the rule of fear is by doing the things we believe to be right,” Tai said. “The more people coming out to vote, it will give more legitimacy to the whole process.”
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