Factors to be considered, as quoted in Tung Chee-hwa's report to the NPC Standing Committee yesterday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 April, 2004, 12:00am

1 The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in examining the direction and pace of its constitutional development, must pay heed to the views of the central authorities

2 Any proposed amendments must comply with the provisions of the Basic Law. Amendments of the design and principle of the political structure prescribed in the Basic Law must not be lightly contemplated

3 No proposed amendments shall affect the substantive

power of appointment of the chief executive by the central authorities

4 Any proposed amendments must aim at consolidating the executive-led system headed by the chief executive and must not deviate from this principle of design

5 Development towards the ultimate aim of universal suffrage must progress in a gradual and orderly manner, step by step. The pace should not be too fast. The progress should accord with the actual situation in the HKSAR, to preserve its prosperity and stability

6 When considering the actual situation, public opinions, as well as other factors, including the legal status of the HKSAR, the present stage of constitutional development, economic development, social conditions, the understanding on the part of the public of 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law, public awareness on political participation, the maturity of political talent and political groups, as well as the relationship between the executive authorities and the legislature, must be taken into account

7 Any proposed amendments must enable different sectors of society to be represented in the political structure and to participate in politics through various channels

8 Any proposed amendments should ensure that consideration would continue to be given to the interests of different sectors of society

9 Any proposed amendments must not bring about any adverse effect to the systems of economy, monetary affairs, public finance and others as prescribed in the Basic Law


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