Call for election rules commission

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 June, 1997, 12:00am

An independent commission should be set up to study electoral methods for the post-handover legislature, the Citizens Party urged yesterday.

Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, party chairman Christine Loh Kung-wai said the Preparatory Committee and the Chief Executive-designate's office were unsuited to examine election rules as the issue was too complex.

'The Preparatory Committee's suggestions were broad-brushed and undeveloped. It did not even attempt to give any real explanation for their choices,' Ms Loh said.

She said the proposed electoral base for functional constituencies and the election committee was too narrow, while the proportional representation method for electing the 20 geographical seats, as supported by many SAR exco members and political parties, would create a fragmented and weak legislature.

'It seems to us that these changes are being proposed under the pretext of making elections fairer but, in fact, they are going to keep an already relatively weak legislature even less able to unite.

'It suggests that the incoming government is not willing to share power at all with elected representatives.' Ms Loh said the Basic Law stated the fundamental principle of electoral reform was 'gradual and orderly progress' - progress should be the touchstone of every aspect of electoral reform.