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  1. For 2017, let's not forget the importance of being electable

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... as they look ahead to the next election in 2017. What went wrong was that Tang turned out not to be acceptable to the people after all. Never mind that this was a small-circle election. To govern ... in planning for the 2017 chief executive election. No doubt Beijing's Plan A will be for Leung to have a successful first stint and earn re-election. But, bearing in mind the events of 2012, ...

  2. It will get a whole lot messier in 2017

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... seen elsewhere. Those longing for a gentlemen's contest would do well to prepare for uglier and messier events in 2017 when we finally get to choose our own leader. A freely contested democratic election is more often than not a noisy affair. We are witnessing that to a degree in the US, where the faction-riven opposition Republican Party is choosing its candidate to take ...

  3. Rethink needed on election expenses

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as we move towards 2017, the earliest time the city's leader can be returned by one person, one vote. According to records filed to the election office, Democratic Party leader Albert Ho ... there are justifications to set a higher spending cap in 2017, when the ballot is expected to be open to more than three million eligible voters. The rigid rules on election expenses have long been seen ...

  4. Strained ties lie ahead if Leung elected, says Ho

    Posted Mar 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the administration or the Executive Council until rules had been laid down on the nomination threshold for the 2017 chief executive election, and that no functional constituencies in the Legislative Council ... with pan-democrats if he is elected. Ahead of Sunday's vote in which the 1,193-strong Election Committee will pick Hong Kong's leader for the next five years, the Democratic Party chairman cast ...

  5. Election's not for me, Fan says

    Posted Nov 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyee Chan Former Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai backed out of standing in the chief executive election following six months of consideration. 'I have little confidence that I could handle the heavy burden of being chief executive till 2017,' the Beijing loyalist, 66, said on Sunday. Fan, a member of the Standing Committee of the National ...

  6. Regina Ip rules out run for top job

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee and Ng Kang-chung Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has dropped the idea of running for the city's top job next year but says she might run in 2017. The chairwoman of the New ... to consider vying for the top job next year, as shown in the results of the Election Committee sub-sector election on Sunday, she said. The former secretary for security would have only 20 to 25 ...

  7. Speech lacked personal touch, expert says

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... delivered his 10-minute election manifesto in Chinese and in English, pushing his 20 years of experience as a lawmaker and government official. He also outlined his policy platform and his promise to adopt universal suffrage by the time of the 2017 chief executive election. Finally, he talked of how he wanted to be remembered. 'I hope I will be remembered by Hongkongers saying, ...

  8. Political realities

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... and consequently provide valuable lessons that the Chinese government should heed come the next election in 2017. More than 220,000 citizens took part in the voting exercise. Nearly 55per cent rejected all ... in Beijing should learn as they ponder direct election of the chief executive for 2017 is that selection disguised as 'indirect election' cannot produce a more effective and credible leader ...

  9. Public should still have a part to play

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... platform and, especially, public opinion. This is the best way to prepare for universal suffrage for the election of the chief executive in 2017. ... The outcome of the ballot to choose the 1,200 voters in the chief executive election has given an early indication of who is best placed to become our city's next leader. Leung ...

  10. Poor example

    Posted Jan 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... fairly and openly, to set an example for universal suffrage in 2017. Law's intention was to reassure the public that Beijing has no favourite, and to remind Election Committee members ... says it hopes this election can set a good example for universal suffrage in 2017. Law tried to win support for Leung. But, in the end, we should be thankful to her for showing us ...




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