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'One man, one vote' urged for 2017 chief executive panel

Pan-democrats want 'one man, one vote' to choose chief executive nominating committee, but rivals say that may flout Basic Law

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 7:43am

Pan-democrats have suggested that the nominating committee for the 2017 chief executive election should be elected by all 3.2 million registered voters.

The Alliance for True Democracy also proposes that a candidate with the support of at least an eighth of nominating committee members, or with nominations from a certain proportion of the city's voters, should be able to stand for the top job.

These were among seven initial views on Hong Kong's first election under universal suffrage endorsed last night by the alliance, formed by 27 lawmakers from 12 political groups.

But three members of radical group People Power withheld their endorsement, saying they needed time to think about it.

Questions have already been raised by pro-Beijing lawmakers about whether the proposals are in line with the Basic Law.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, said the suggestions could be impractical because they would mean two rounds of "one man, one vote" elections. But convenor Joseph Cheng Yu-shek said: "We respect the Basic Law and fully intend to fulfil its requirement of a broadly representative nominating committee."

New People's Party lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said he emphasised at a meeting with Beijing liaison office director Zhang Xiaoming yesterday that pan-democrats must not be blocked from the chief executive election. He "felt Zhang understood what we said".

Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee quoted Zhang as saying Beijing was determined to implement universal suffrage in 2017. "Mr Zhang said there was no question of screening out pan-democrats from the chief executive race and that not all pan-democrats confront the central government," she said.

NPC deputy and pro-Beijing lawmaker Ip Kwok-him said it could be "impractical" to introduce universal suffrage for the nomination committee, despite agreeing that its electoral base should be broadened.

Ip said Zhang had adopted a positive attitude towards former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming's proposal that at least five candidates be admitted into the 2017 race.

The alliance will commission academics to draft a proposal. It is also demanding two rounds in the public voting stage and that the chief executive can have a political party background.

Leung, a former secretary for justice, said it would not be practical to allow all eligible voters to elect the nominating committee before candidates were chosen by universal suffrage.

The 1,200-strong election committee is currently elected by about 240,000 voters.

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the best way to fulfill our Basic Law's requirement of our chief exeuctive in a universal suffrage is to have the Nominationg Committee to be broadly representative---members chosen through'one man,one vote' by all qualified voters in this city---the most civilized and modern plus educated city in the present-day China ! Hong Kong can be a good example of a democratic politcal sys for the whole of China to follow suit in the future.Only when a democratic political system is put into force, will there be a clean and uncorrutped government emerge in our motherland ! Of course,Taiwan's democracy is another good example for other Chinese provinces to follow suit. Right ?
annelise
One woman - one vote. Does that phrasing make you think differently about the topic ? Does it sound peculiar ?
Imagine a poster of many different women at the polls with the caption "one man one vote" . Now imagine that the faces were men, and the caption was "one woman one vote" Both posters would be ripe for the Lai See column under "idiotic use of the English language".
If you want to show respect to every voter - then you use the phrase "one person - one vote".
ianson
It's a mistake to propose a process requiring two HKSAR-wide votes to elect the CE. Indeed, if the absolute majority system is used in the CE election itself, a third vote would be required as a run-off between the top two vote-getters under the most-respected absolute majority system. Three votes would guarantee voter-fatigue. A better option would be to give the democratically-elected LegCo members from the 2016 election nomination rights for membership of the NC. Each of the 40 could nominate 5-10 NC members. That fully satisfies the Basic Law requirements.

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