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Pan-democrats and Beijing urged to end reform row

Adviser to Beijing says pan-democrats should offer alternative on chief executive nominations

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 5:36am

A mainland expert on Hong Kong affairs has called on the central government to step up dialogue with moderate pan-democrats to close the rift on political reform.

Jiang Shigong, deputy director of Peking University's Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said Beijing and moderate pan-democrats should discuss political reform to avoid a "life-or-death scenario".

Jiang, a researcher at the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2008, also said the pan-democrats should come up with proposals on how the nomination rules for the 2017 chief executive election should be written.

The academic, who advises the central government on policies towards Hong Kong, was speaking two weeks after remarks by top National People's Congress official Qiao Xiaoyang sparked fear among pan-democrats that their candidates would be filtered out of the race.

Pan-democrats should also come up with proposals for how the nomination rules should be written to ensure a reasonable nomination process

Jiang said pan-democrats should concentrate on how to make the selection of the chief executive by universal suffrage more democratic, by considering the size of the nominating committee which will put candidates forward for a popular vote, and how to widen its voter base.

"Pan-democrats should also come up with proposals for how the nomination rules should be written to ensure a reasonable nomination process," he said. "They should not adopt a results-oriented approach and keep complaining that their candidate will be barred from the race."

Qiao, chairman of the National People's Congress Law Committee, said in Shenzhen on March 24 that those "who confront the central government" would be ineligible to become chief executive.

Urging dialogue, Jiang said no-one would benefit from a confrontation between Beijing and the pan-democrats.

Albert Ho Chun-yan, who was Democratic Party chairman in 2010, agreed there was a need to engage in dialogue. "But our bottom line is candidates holding different political views should be able to enter the race," he said.


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hard times !
Right,Albert Ho Chun-yan is right to state that pan-democrats' bottom-line is candidates (competing for the chief executive post in 2017) holding different political views should be able to enter the race,'No retreat at all, not even a small step.Any dialogues between the Central government representative in Hong Kong and pan-democrats should be based on a rational foundation---no screening out scheme in the nomination stage,allowing pan-democrats (so-called opposition camp) to take part in---an open, fair and just election---a geniune universal suffrage in 2017 !
Here's a concrete democratic CE election proposal in full compliance with Basic Law Article 45.
Nominating Committee:
There is no existing process for democratically assembling the committee members. We have to create something new if we are to comply with the Basic Law. Clearly, the Election Committee used in the past is miles away from being democratic or representative. Solution: Grant every winning candidate in the geographical and super-seat constituencies in the 2016 Legco election the right to appoint five members to the committee, so that makes a 200-member committee. Then these 200 get to select ten candidates from an unlimited field of aspirants (who merely have to satisfy the same prerequisites to stand as do those who stand for Legco). Each committee member can cast votes (that's just one for each) for as many candidates as he/she chooses. The top ten vote-getters are nominated.
Election of CE by Universal Suffrage:
Easy. Choose from among the five main known methods: plurality, absolute majority, qualified majority, alternative vote and electoral college. In the 133 democratic presidential elections worldwide from 2001-2011, far and away the most popular is absolute majority, which means there is a run-off election between the two most popular if no one gets 50% first time round. Simple. Let's do it that way. It works fine for 94 democracies including France, Brazil, Finland, Indonesia & Chile.
There you have it. Plain, simple, democratic.
hard times !
this academic has rightly pointed out no one will benefit from a confrontation between Beijing and the local pan-democrats.But I wonder why our formal consultation period regarding the Constitutional reform has not yet launched by the Leung administration,there are bottom-lines set up by Chinese officials such as Qiao Xiao-yang (who denied our 2007-8 universal suffrages in 2004 by seeking interpretation of the NPC) , Wang Guangya and Chiang Xiaoming plus Beijing loyalists:Tam Wai-chu,Leung Oi-see,Broomhead Ip Lau and Rita Fan Tsui Lei Tai as well.'Loving the country (or the Party to be sure) and Hong Kong' is acceptable to most Hongkongers while 'confrontational to the Central authorities' can never be a suitable criteria at all since the standard can hardly be set.


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