Block voting system blasted as hypocritical

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 August, 1997, 12:00am

THE Government has applied double standards to the block vote system in the election committee for next year's polls, an academic argued yesterday.

The system means each one of the 800-strong election committee members may cast up to 10 votes and the election result will be on a first-past-the-post basis.

The election committee is classified into four sectors: industrial, commercial and financial; professionals; labour, social services and religious; and politicians.

Ivan Choy Chi-keung of the City University said the method resembled the 'double seats, double votes' system used in geographical constituencies in 1991.

The 1991 system was criticised for benefiting the Democratic Party.

'They said it was unfair when it was advantageous to the Democratic Party, but then they used a system similar to that in the election committee which could be predicted to be dominated by business and professional people,' he said.

'I think the Government is applying double standards and being hypocritical.'