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Hong Kong counts votes in record-breaking poll

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>> Vote counting is underway in Hong Kong after a record turnout at the polls. Nearly 60% of eligible voters casting ballots for the city's law making council. Results are due out later on Monday. This has been the highest turnout since the hand over to China in 1997, voter's energized by a batch of young and sometimes new radical candidates, pushing for democracy or even a split from China.
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>> The results of the is an indicator that shows whether Hong Kong people accept independence in the future or not.>> For Democrats though there's a downside to the surge and interest. Some saying they're worried it could split the vote. Democratic leaders need to maintain a third of the Council's seats in order to keep the right to Veto plans by the pro Beijing camp.
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A handful of candidates dropped out of the race at the last minute hoping to steer votes towards their fellow Democrats. But even if some of the radical new voices are able to grab new seats, don't expect any big political changes. China's communist party has openly rejected any possibility of independence.