Stick to the basics, says poll chief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 February, 1998, 12:00am

Voters will 'cause trouble for themselves' if they attempt to master the Legislative Council electoral system, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing says.

Although the system was complex, the procedure would be simple for most people who had only one vote in the geographical polls, he said.

'There are only about 130,000 voters who are lucky enough to get more than one vote. For most voters, all they have to do is to put a tick on the ballot paper.' Voters would have no problems unless they tried to determine how the other sectors worked.

'They'll just cause trouble for themselves if they try to understand each and every other person's thinking,' Mr Justice Woo said.

'Of course, eventually the candidates elected by other constituencies will affect my livelihood as well. There's no doubt about it, but if you are so nosy, you cause trouble for yourself.' Twenty of the 60 seats are to be returned by geographical polls. Thirty have been allocated to the functional sectors, of which 24 will use the first-past-the-post system.

The other six will use a more complicated system, preferential elimination, because of their relatively small size.

The remaining 10 will be chosen by a 800-strong Election Committee.

Principal Assistant Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Shirley Yung said the Government planned to start promoting the election on March 12.