HONG KONG - Some 11 new faces have been picked to represent the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the country’s top legislature during the city’s fifth twice-a-decade election for deputies to the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Tuesday.

Former constitutional and mainland affairs minister Raymond Tam Chi-yuen and singer-turn-politician Cally Kwong Mei-wan are among the 11 new faces with Tam Yiu-chung, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Maggie Chan Man-ki, founding president of the Small and Medium Law Firms Association of Hong Kong.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheung Yuet-ngor speaks at Hong Kong SAR's 13th NPC electoral council meeting at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Dec 19, 2017. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

Together with 25 incumbent deputies who won another term at the election, the 11 new faces would start their five-year terms as deputies to the 13th NPC in March 2018, subject to approval from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The polls on Tuesday saw 1,753 valid ballots cast from the panel under the Hong Kong SAR’s 13th NPC Electoral Council, which comprises 1,989 cross-sector voters. Bernard Charnwut Chan, convenor of the chief executive’s top advisory body - the Executive Council – garnered another term, having polled 1,693 votes, the highest.

The presidium of Hong Kong SAR’s 13th NPC Electoral Council - the agency in charge of announcing results and verifying contenders’ qualifications - will report the election result to the Credentials Committee of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, which, in turn, will confirm the qualification of the deputies and announce the final list of the 13th NPC deputies.

Hong Kong Chief Executive and Chairwoman of the presidium Carrie Lam Cheung Yuet-ngor conducted the election under the supervision of representatives from the 12th NPC Standing Committee.