Exclusive-Hong Kong officials push turnout in first “patriots” election

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By Clare Jim and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong officials are working to boost turnout in Sunday’s legislative election, according to diplomats and people familiar with the effort. As part of those actions, two Chinese state-owned banks have appealed to workers to vote, said two people familiar with the matter and an email seen by Reuters. After a major rewriting of electoral law in March, with the government saying that only “patriots” may administer the city, Hong Kong is holding its first Legislative Council election with the city’s main democratic parties fielding no candida…

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