Organisers of poll seek big turnout

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am


Pan-democrats hope to see 16,000 people cast their ballots in a city-wide primary election to choose a chief executive candidate from the camp.

This would be double the turnout from the previous primary. 'A similar city-wide ballot organised by [pan-democrat] Cyd Ho Sau-lan for the 2007 chief executive election received 8,000 votes,' said Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, one of the organisers of the poll.

The camp secured 205 seats on the Election Committee, allowing it to field a candidate - with the Democratic Party's Albert Ho Chun-yan and Frederick Fung Kin-kee of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood in the race.

Cheng said the primary, to be conducted through computer balloting, would carry a weighting of 50 per cent in the pan-democrats' internal screening process.

On January 8, all permanent residents can visit any of 60 voting stations across the city to vote on a tablet or notebook computer.

The other part of the screening will be determined by the results of a city-wide opinion poll to be held on January 3 by Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme.