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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Delay in vote-counting mars election committee poll  Listenfacebook
The first elections were held on Sunday since Beijing revamped electoral rules to ensure only patriots rule Hong Kong. The new-look Election Committee will be tasked with picking the next Chief Executive and most of the SAR's new lawmakers. Candidates and voters - who come mostly from professional groups - described the body as representative, with newly-elected members saying they campaigned on the strength of their policies instead of their political views. But the announcement of results for the 1,500-seat committee was delayed due to issues with the vote counting system. Damon Pang reports from the Convention Centre in Wan Chai, where the election took place:
CE denies electoral revamp screens out opposition  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed suggestions that the revamped electoral system is designed to screen out opposition voices. She made the remarks as voting started on Sunday. Lam said the vetting mechanism was to ensure the country's security and the national interest. Maggie Ho reports:
FTU's Mak says grassroots well represented  Listenfacebook
Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Alice Mak, who is an ex-officio member of the Election Committee, echoed the chief executive's sentiment and dismissed claims that the body wasn't representative enough. She spoke to Damon Pang:
Keen competition seen in social welfare sector  Listenfacebook
Tik Chi-yuen, a newly-elected social welfare member, says this year’s 91 percent turnout rate in his sub-sector is a record-high. He talked to RTHK’s Natale Ching about what this meant:
CTU leaders fear for safety  Listenfacebook
Another civil group has announced its plan to disband, following in the footsteps of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union and the Civil Human Rights Front. The 31-year-old Confederation of Trade Unions says its members will discuss and vote on the matter on October 4. As Jimmy Choi reports, leaders of the CTU say they've been told that if they continue to operate, their personal safety might be at risk:
Australia defends new security pact  Listenfacebook
Australia has defended its decision to scrap a deal to acquire French submarines in favour of a new security agreement with the United States and Britain. France has reacted with fury to the move, accusing its allies of deceit. The French government confirmed Presidents Macron and Biden will discuss the affair in a telephone call in the coming days at the Americans' request. Samantha Butler spoke to RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, about the fallout from the announcement: