The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) said on Tuesday that it has moved the locations of four polling stations for Sunday’s district council elections, including the ones at Chinese University and Polytechnic University, after conducting a risk assessment.
The EAC's chairman, Barnabas Fung, also said police officers and extra security staff will be deployed to maintain order near polling stations.
There is growing concern that Sunday’s district council elections may be postponed, as a result of escalating violence related to the months of anti-government protests.
On Monday, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Patrick Nip said events over the previous weekend had “reduced the chance” of authorities being able to hold the elections as planned. But he added that the government is trying its best to ensure the polls go ahead.
He said there were three requirements for the polls to be held “safely and orderly”, with the first of these being an end to violence. The other two requirements related to roads and tunnels not being blocked, and for a halt to the destruction of transport facilities.
The EAC chairman said it was too early to say whether the elections will go ahead or be postponed.
Fung said the polls would be postponed to December 1 – the following Sunday – if any incident happens that cannot be resolved within 90 minutes.