Emblem of the Hong Kong SAR
|Headquarters||12/F and 13/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong|
|Deputy Minister responsible|
|Parent agency||Chief Secretary for Administration|
Politics and government|
of Hong Kong
|Related topics Hong Kong portal|
|Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau|
The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau is an agency of the Government of Hong Kong responsible for the implementation of the Basic Law. The bureau is the intermediary between the HKSAR Government and the Central People's Government and other Mainland authorities under the principles of "One Country, Two Systems".
In October 2020, Apple Daily reported that the agency had ordered government departments to report any public sightings of the Republic of China flag, and to remove the flags when the public or media are not around.
The following are agencies which are related to this bureau.
Registration and Electoral Office (REO) (Chinese: ) is a department under the jurisdiction of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It is also the administrative support organization of the Electoral Affairs Commission (ECC), which assists the implementation of the statutory rights under the Electoral Affairs Commission Ordinance.This includes assisting members of the public to register as electors, dividing constituencies, and formulating electoral regulations and guidelines for election activities. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, the District Council and the election of village representatives are all managed by the department. However, the department is a logistics department and has no decision-making power on the electoral policy as the decision-making power is vested in the EAC.
Eligible residents may submit an application for new voter registration and registered voters may report on change of registration particulars at any time of the year. However, electors who wish to have their registration processed or their information updated in the same cycle or to be listed in the final registers, they must submit their application forms to the Registration and Electoral Office on or before the statutory deadlines.
|Type of Application||Statutory Deadlines|
|New Voter Registration||District Council Election year (e.g. 2023):||2 July|
|Non District Council Election year (e.g. 2020, 2021 & 2022):||2 May|
|Report on Change of Particulars by an Elector||District Council Election year (e.g. 2023):||2 June|
|Non District Council Election year (e.g. 2020, 2021 & 2022):||2 April|
Hong Kong has seen a major surge in voter registrations, particularly among young people. Nearly 386,000 people have registered to vote in the past year, a record high since the handover of Hong Kong. The Registration & Elector Office updates and publishes the Final Registers every year.
|Year||No. of Electors in the Final Registers||Changes (YoY%)|