Democrats planning green paper website

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am

The Democratic Party plans a website to get more young people to respond to the government's green paper on constitutional development.

Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said public response to the green paper was still lukewarm, so the website, to appear in the last six weeks of the consultation period, would be one way to get the public more involved. The consultation ends on October 10. The green paper was unveiled on July 11.

'We hope that by establishing a website, as well as the dissemination of the forms that carry the recommended answers via e-mails and other online links, more young people will express their views,' Mr Ho said. He was speaking after he and fellow Democrats Lee Wing-tat and Chan Shu-ying distributed leaflets in Tsuen Wan carrying pan-democrats' 'recommended answers' to six questions the green paper poses.

'Although we have organised forums as well as distributed the leaflets in 19 districts, we could reach only a limited number of people,' Mr Ho said. 'But the internet can reach a much wider audience.'

The green paper lists options for achieving universal suffrage to elect the chief executive and Legislative Council members in 2012 or later. Critics say the government failed to offer any concrete models in the paper and instead posed confusing questions to the public.

The pan-democrats published the leaflets with the replies they believe will accelerate universal suffrage. They said the leaflets helped people gain a deeper understanding of the green paper.

Starting this week, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung and Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing will attend forums to gauge the public's views on the paper. The government plans two open forums and four closed-door regional forums.