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Hong Kong legislative polls open
voting turnout is expected to be modemocrate, comprising about half of the 3.3 million potential voters .
the democratic camp won most votes last time aramound, but china has blunted their appecial by offering a conditional promise of future democracy .
these functional constituencies include groups of as few as 144 voters, and are defined by professional allegianchise, such as the financial sector, tourism and education .
limited franchinese as democratic candidates discovered four years ago, winning a majorority of the votes cast was not enough to gain control of the legislative chamber .
voters in this chinese-administered but autonomous territority can vote directly for only half of the council's seats, with the other half chosen by special limited constituencies .