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Pan-democrats' proposal may run into brick wall

Elsie Leung says suggestion for 2017 vote panel goes against NPC Standing Committee decision

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:45am
 

A proposal by pan-democrats that the nominating committee for the 2017 chief executive election be elected by all 3.2 million registered voters may not be in line with a decision by the nation's top legislature, says a Beijing-friendly heavyweight.

The Alliance for True Democracy also suggests that candidates who secure nominations from a certain proportion of the city's voters should be allowed to compete for the top job under "one man, one vote".

But Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, said this might result in a situation where dozens of candidates ran for chief executive.

Alternatively, the alliance said, a candidate with support of at least an eighth of nominating committee members could stand under universal suffrage.

Leung said it would be difficult for the election process to be conducted smoothly if there were too many candidates.

"While I appreciate the alliance's announcement of its proposal for public discussion, the suggestions appear to be inconsistent with a decision by the NPC Standing Committee in 2007," she said.

I must also emphasise [that] constitutional reform should, and could only, be based on the Basic Law and the National People's Congress' decisions. As long as we stick to this constitutional foundation, we have the condition for consensus, and for pushing forward democratisation in Hong Kong

 

The Standing Committee said the composition of the nominating committee could draw reference from the existing 1,200-strong Election Committee. The current Election Committee was elected by about 240,000 voters.

It comprises four sectors: industrial, commercial and financial; the professions; labour, social services and religious bodies; legislators, district councillors and Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress. Each sector has 300 committee members.

Leung, a former secretary for justice, earlier called on the pan-democrats to come up with a proposal for electoral reform.

Speaking at a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the government would leave ample time for public consultation.

"But I must also emphasise [that] constitutional reform should, and could only, be based on the Basic Law and the National People's Congress' decisions.

"As long as we stick to this constitutional foundation, we have the condition for consensus, and for pushing forward democratisation in Hong Kong."

An editorial in pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao yesterday took a hardline stance against the alliance's proposal, describing it as confrontational and unconstitutional.

"Rather than a consensus for the 2017 chief executive election, it is more like a consensus to confront the central government and disrupt Hong Kong," it said.

The editorial said the alliance's suggestion for the chief executive nominating committee to be selected by "one man, one vote" was ridiculous.

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CatInAFlap
I wish Elsie Leung would run into a brick wall. Spineless - not to mention brainless - shoe-shiner of the worst type.
boondeiyan
Fantastic. Democracy with Hong Kong characteristics is to self-determination what Garden white bread with the crust trimmed off is to the humble loaf. Now in order to be patriotic Chinese we are being told that politics must be made to run smoothly? Because clearly there is no available evidence anywhere in the world of successfully functioning democratic electoral processes with popularly nominated candidates. Shame on those who treat HK people with condescension.
hard times !
as all know, the most broadly representative way to elect our Nominating Committee (which function is to elect the chief executive in 2017 and onwards)members is to have them elected through a 'one man,one vote' election system.Only when the Nominating Committee is democratic enough,can our chief executive said to be elected through a universal suffrage according to the UN's International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights article 25(b) and our articles in our Basic Law's articles:25, 26,39, 45 and 68 as well. Right ?
ianson
So CY has laid his cards on the table: our election system is not to be determined by the terms of the Basic Law but by "decisions of the NPC". True universal suffrage is not coming to Hong Kong anytime soon.
 
 
 
 
 

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