Civil servants call for role in selection body

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 May, 1996, 12:00am

Civil servants' unions have told the Preparatory Committee that they want representatives on the Selection Committee to choose the first SAR chief executive and members of the provisional legislature.

The unions' request was revealed in the Preparatory Committee's report on the territory-wide consultations it carried out last month on the formation of the future Selection Committee.

In the report, released yesterday, the unions said the committee would be more representative if it gave seats to the civil service.

The report did not name the unions but said they believed there was no conflict between civil servants' impartiality and sitting on the committee.

Although the Basic Law does not stipulate that the civil service should have representatives on the committee, the report said individual civil servants could take part as representatives of professional or religious groups.

'If they become members of the provisional legislature, they only need to temporarily leave their posts in the civil service,' it said. 'And they will go back to the civil service after the provisional legislature ends its work.' But the report said police staff associations believed it would not be appropriate for officers to sit on the committee.

The report said members of the religious community had asked to be represented in a personal capacity.

But it also said that some people believed representatives should be chosen by the leaders of the six main religious denominations.

Others thought the six denominations could form a joint committee to select the representatives.

The Hong Kong Christian Council has voted in favour of nominating members for the body to choose the Special Administrative Region chief executive but not the interim legislature.