Legislator urges two election committees

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2000, 12:00am

The credibility of government would be impaired unless separate election committees were set up to choose legislators and the chief executive, The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan warned.

Ms Ho said there would be a conflict of role and interests if the committee to select the chief executive in 2002 was the same as that which chooses six legislators in September. That committee is due to be established in July.

Ms Ho said the Government should clarify the role of the election committee in advance and a second 800-member committee should be established closer to 2002.

'If Mr Tung appoints any member of the committee, it would be presumed he would be lobbying [them to allow him] a second term,' she said. 'Thus it is necessary to make clarification before its establishment in July.' The Basic Law would have to be amended, said Ms Ho, whose interpretation of the mini-constitution was that there was provision for only one dual-role committee.

Qiao Xiaoyang, vice-chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee's legislative affairs commission, did not rule out amending the Basic Law in comments at a seminar on Saturday.

Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming said he also preferred two committees.