Responding to queries on overseas voting, the Elections Department reiterated that overseas voters do matter even though this time, the overseas votes are counted after the results are out.
The Department said if local votes for a particular electoral division had been inconclusive, then the announcement of the result would have been deferred till overseas votes are counted.
But in this election, the winning margin based on the local votes counted was clearly higher than the total overseas votes for every constituency so there was no need to delay the declaration of results.
Overseas votes will still be counted and added to the local votes - and the total number will then be published in the Government Gazette later.
9 May 2006
FYI regarding overseas voters: