Selection Committee names of candidates to be public

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 July, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 July, 1996, 12:00am

NAMES of all the candidates for the Selection Committee election should be made public, a Preparatory Committee sub-group suggested yesterday.

The proposal reverses an earlier decision that only the candidates endorsed by the plenum would be named.

After the sub-group's two-day meeting, convenor Tam Yiu-chung explained the change was just to create more openness. .

Another convenor, Sir Sze-yuen Chung, added: 'If it is not published, you [the press] would just say we were keeping everyone in the dark.' Only the names, professions and local groups candidates represented would be revealed. ID numbers and addresses would be withheld.

The sub-group also finalised details of how the 400-strong Selection Committee, which would choose the chief executive and the provisional legislature, would be formed.

Candidates nominated by local groups would be proposed to committee members for endorsement.

These would then go to the chairmen's committee which would add another 20 per cent to the list it drafts.

Sir Sze-yuen was asked if vice-chairmen, who are contenders for the post of chief executive, should give up their votes.

He said they should not be deprived of their right to vote because of 'rumours'.

'There are rumours until a vice-chairman announces his candidacy for the post. We can't deprive him of his right to vote,' he said.

Tung Chee-hwa, the former Executive Councillor and a committee vice-chairman, has been tipped as a potential candidate for the post.

Sir Sze-yuen said: 'You should not think they'll do anything to win. Try to look at them as more gentlemanly.'