Anson Chan

Polls consensus urged

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2008, 12:00am


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A lack of consensus among legislators on 2012 electoral methods could make achieving universal suffrage in 2017 difficult, the constitutional affairs chief has warned.

Speaking at a Legislative Council constitutional affairs panel meeting yesterday, Stephen Lam Sui-lung urged lawmakers to make joint efforts to pass a proposal on the chief executive and Legco election methods in 2012, which could lead to full direct elections in 2017 and 2020.

'We hope there will be progress in 2012,' said Mr Lam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs.

'If it stalls again, it will make the implementation of universal suffrage in 2017 more difficult.' But pan-democrats demanded a clear picture of the ultimate suffrage methods before they could back any proposal on the 2012 elections.

'We should discuss the ultimate proposal first as any midway proposal is related to the ultimate one,' unionist Lee Cheuk-yan said. 'We can't see the shore.'

Independent Anson Chan Fang On-sang said: 'If there is no clear road map to the ultimate proposal, how can the government obtain citizens' and Legco's support for its 2012 transitional proposal?'