Words in the news: ABCs of the election

Words in the news: ABCs of the election

You have probably heard these news terms being discussed in the papers or on TV. Here is how to use them in English.

1. 功能組別 - Functional constituency
The British government first introduced the idea of functional constituencies in 1979, a month after a meeting between Deng Xiaoping and Hong Kong governor Murray MacLehose

2. 地方選區 - Geographical constituency
Candidates for these Legco seats need huge budgets to campaign

3. 投票率 - Voter turnout
Controversy over the national education curriculum boosted the voter turnout for Sunday's Legislative Council election

4. 泛民 - Pan-democrats
More pan-democrat supporters voted because they were dissatisfied with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's handling of the national education controversy

5. 建制派 - Pro-establishment
These parties' candidates would not state their position on national education

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