Hong Kong – Electoral Affairs Commission publishes Report on 2023 Rural Ordinary Election

Electoral Affairs Commission publishes Report on 2023 Rural Ordinary Election

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     ​The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) today (May 5) published the report on the 2023 Rural Ordinary Election (ROE) held in January 2023.
      
     The report describes the electoral procedures of the 2023 ROE and various tasks carried out by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) for conducting the election, including the recruitment and training of electoral staff, holding a briefing session for candidates, setting up dedicated polling stations and special polling stations, as well as making various polling and counting arrangements, etc. In light of the experience, the EAC has reviewed the relevant electoral arrangements and recommended improvement measures for future elections. The EAC is also thankful to the HAD and other parties involved for their dedication and concerted efforts attributable to the smooth conclusion of the election.
      
     “We are grateful to the EAC for their valuable advice throughout the election and its effort to ensure the election was conducted in an open, transparent and efficient manner in accordance with the law. The HAD will continue to work closely with the EAC to follow up on the recommendations in the report, with a view to further enhancing arrangements in future elections,” a Government spokesman said.
      
     The 2023 ROE was conducted by the HAD according to the Rural Representative Election Ordinance (Cap. 576) under the supervision of the EAC. In accordance with the requirements of the Electoral Affairs Commission Ordinance (Cap. 541), the EAC submitted the report to the Chief Executive on April 14. In line with the principle of open and transparent elections, the Government accepted the EAC’s recommendation that the report should be made public. The report can be downloaded from the EAC website (www.eac.hk) and the Rural Representative Election website (www.had.gov.hk/rre), and is available for viewing at the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices.

Hong Kong – Electoral Affairs Commission Report on 2022 Chief Executive Election published

Electoral Affairs Commission Report on 2022 Chief Executive Election published

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     The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) Report on the 2022 Chief Executive Election (CEE) was published today (September 13).

 

     The report describes how the EAC conducted and supervised the 2022 CEE and 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections, and sets out the detailed arrangements and relevant follow-up actions for the elections. The report also contains a review of relevant electoral arrangements in the light of experience, and improvement measures for future elections.

 

     “We are grateful to the EAC for ensuring that the two elections were conducted in accordance with the law and were open, transparent and efficient, and for reviewing the electoral arrangements. The Government will continue to work closely with the EAC to follow up on the recommendations contained in the report,” a Government spokesman said.

 

     In accordance with the requirements of the Electoral Affairs Commission Ordinance (Cap. 541), the EAC submitted the report on the 2022 CEE to the Chief Executive on August 5, 2022. In line with past practice and the principle of open and transparent elections, the Government agreed with the EAC’s recommendation that the report should be made public. The report can be downloaded from the EAC website (www.eac.hk) and is available for viewing at the Registration and Electoral Office and the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices.

MoS for Tribal Affairs Shri Bishweswar Tudu reviews construction status of EMRS in Odisha


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MoS for Tribal Affairs Shri Bishweswar Tudu reviews construction status of EMRS in Odisha





Minister directs the officials to expedite the construction process of new EMRS

Odisha to have the highest number of EMRS in India




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28 JUN 2022 7:14PM by PIB Bhubaneshwar


Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti Government of India, Shri Bishweswar Tudu today chaired a co-ordination meeting of Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) and reviewed the status of the construction of these schools in Odisha.


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Shri Tudu reviewed the issues faced at some of these schools’ sites such as the acquisition of land, forest clearance, and cost escalation due to hilly terrain, and issued directions to the officials to clear all the matters and expedite the construction of the schools.


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It can be noted here that as many as 87 EMRSs have been sanctioned for Odisha which is the highest for any state in India. Also as many as 19 schools have been sanctioned in Mayurbhanj alone which again is the highest for any district in India.


Shri Tudu said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed for the development and welfare of the tribal communities. He said that the Modi Government’s dream for the well-being of the tribal students will be fulfilled by the set target of 2024.


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The Bhoomi Pujan for 45 out of the 87 schools has been completed so far. The meeting today has been attended by senior officials from the Government of Odisha of ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department and Forest, Environment and Climate Change Department among others.


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Hong Kong – Home Affairs Department launches Home Support Supplies Delivery Service (with photos)

Home Affairs Department launches Home Support Supplies Delivery Service (with photos)

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     The Home Affairs Department (HAD) launched the Home Support Supplies Delivery Service on March 12 to provide home delivery service for persons pending admission to hospitals or community isolation facilities (hereinafter as “persons pending admission”) who need to stay at home, but cannot make their own arrangements for daily necessities and food.



     At present, if home environment allows, persons pending admission should stay at home and make their own arrangements for basic daily necessities and food as far as possible, such as by friends and relatives or ordering online/through telephone.  If they cannot make their own arrangements for daily necessities on their own, they can seek assistance by calling HAD’s hotline 1833 019. The HAD will refer these cases to the Social Welfare Department for follow-up.



     In order to streamline the procedures for the delivery of basic daily necessities and food to persons pending admission, the HAD will gradually launch the Home Support Supplies Delivery Service starting from March 12, through expansion of the supplies delivery teams, by engaging district organisations, delivery service contractors, teams formed by civil servants, and volunteer teams among others, with a view to expediting the delivery of basic necessities and food to those in need.  



     The HAD civil service team delivered basic necessities and food to the persons pending admission in Wong Tai Sin, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City and the Southern Districts on March 12. The HAD Team leader said, “The HAD started the Home Delivery Service today. It is very meaningful to participate in providing this service. We hope to be able to help more people in need.”



     The HAD reminded persons pending admission should, as far as possible, make their own arrangements for basic daily necessities and food by their relatives and friends or ordering online/through telephone.  The HAD will assess and provide help to the persons pending admission according to their actual needs. The HAD appeals for the full support of members of the public such that persons who have genuine needs will receive support as soon as possible.

Canada – Global Affairs Canada temporarily withdraws non-essential personnel from Canadian embassy to Ukraine

Canada has made the decision to temporarily withdraw non-essential Canadian employees and remaining dependants from the Canadian embassy in Ukraine.

January 30, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“Canada has made the decision to temporarily withdraw non-essential Canadian employees and remaining dependants from the Canadian embassy in Ukraine.

“As announced earlier this week, Canada will be reinforcing the team at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, with officials with expertise in areas such as security sector reform, conflict management, democratic reform, consular services and diplomacy. Together, they will increase our diplomatic capacity and allow us to continue to assess and respond to the evolving situation in support of Ukraine.

“As we continue to closely monitor the situation, our highest priority remains the safety and security of Canadians. Our officials stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens, as required.

“The Embassy of Canada to Ukraine remains open. Canadians in need of assistance can contact the embassy by telephone at 380 (44) 590 3100 or by email at KYIV-Consular@international.gc.ca.

“The Emergency Watch and Response Centre (EWRC) provides 24/7 emergency consular assistance. Canadians who need help can reach the EWRC by:

telephone at +1 613 996 8885
email at sos@international.gc.ca
SMS at +1 613 686 3658”