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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Functional constituencies to stay for 2016 Legco poll, government says

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 02:29am by JEFFIE LAM, Joyce Ng, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Jeffie Lam, Joyce Ng and Ng Kang-chung Functional constituencies to stay, Leung says Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faced criticism for putting out an "extremely conservative" report on political reform in which he said there was no need to abolish the trade-based functional constituencies in the Legislative Council or its so-called split-voting system. In his report ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Reform Legco's functional constituencies

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... reason is that by not reforming the Legco election, the government can keep the existing functional constituencies largely intact. This is clearly what Beijing wants. Why preserve those rotten boroughs if the goal is to achieve a fully elected Legco in 2020? The simple answer is that the functional constituencies are needed to preserve their own membership in the future nominating ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Functional constituencies undermine our economy

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 02:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Functional constituencies undermine our economy Professor Wang Zhenmin, dean of law at Tsinghua University and a former member of Beijing's Basic Law Committee, said ... into the very centre of decision making by granting them functional constituencies in the Legislative Council. I accept that the motives for doing it were laudable. It seemed to make sense years ago ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Don't let functional constituencies vote on legislation

    Posted Oct 29th 2013, 12:36am

    ... Don't let functional constituencies havea vote on legislation The answer to Professor Sonny Lo's suggestion to keep functional constituencies, but with a broader "Chris Patten" franchise (" Seek the middle way in 'scrap-or-keep' debate on functional constituencies ", October 22) is don't do it. The functional constituencies create real ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    'Scrap-or-keep' debate on functional constituencies leads us nowhere

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 05:22pm by SONNY LO

    ... Sonny Lo Sonny Lo says rival camps need to look at how elections could be made more democratic Seek the middle way in 'scrap-or-keep' debate on functional constituencies Advocates for democratisation in Hong Kong tend to see functional constituency elections in the Legislative Council as politically retrogressive, protecting the business sector's interests, ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Functional constituencies should have no place in Legco

    Posted Aug 03rd 2013, 12:00am by SHIU LIK-KING

    ... L. K. Shiu L. K. Shiu says preserving functional constituencies in the Legislative Council would only serve the self-interest of amateurish politicians Narrow view In a seminar last month, ... the interests of populous states and smaller states in a federal constitution. To compare our functional constituencies with the US Senate is in any event objectionable. The Senate, even two centuries ...

  7. Proposal to expand three functional constituencies runs into opposition

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong Lawmakers and a former Legco candidate questioned what they say are apparently arbitrary decisions on who can join three functional constituencies. They will expand under ... received to join 16 functional constituencies. The Information and technology sector will see 100 members- with the addition of the Information Technology Joint Council to the constituency- join ...

  8. Functional constituency 'reforms' miss the mark

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... with the five new functional constituency legislators being district councillors. But one area where the government has not taken action- and still can, given the political will- is the reform of functional constituencies. In fact, even without abolishing them, there is much that can be done- yet the government has chosen to do nothing, either in 2005 or this time. The unrepresentative nature ...

  9. Activists win legal aid bid in functional constituency fight

    Posted May 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Two activists have been awarded legal aid for their judicial review challenging the legality of functional constituency elections in the Legislative Council, which they say ... saying it gave unequal power to corporate voters of certain trade-based functional constituencies to pick representatives to Legco. 'The Basic Law said lawmakers should be elected ...

  10. Functional constituencies defended in court

    Posted Nov 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui Direct elections were not used for functional constituencies because they were devised to protect the interests of different sectors, not the general populace, the Court ... the constitutionality of the corporate voting system in functional constituencies. The hearing, which began on Thursday, was told that the mechanism violated the Basic Law and should be struck out. Barristers ...




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