Explainer: How Beijing cracked down on Hong Kong’s elections

On March 30, in a move they said was designed to ensure ”patriots” administered the city, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) in Beijing changed the annexes of the Basic Law to alter Hong Kong’s electoral system. Critics say the shake-up is a step backwards, reducing democratic representation. HKFP answers 10 key questions about the overhaul. How does this change the existing system? The Legislative Council (LegCo) is currently composed of 70 seats. Half of them are elected directly by the public via geographical constituencies – the other half are elected by special inte…

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