Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong renews call for electoral overhaul

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 July, 2013, 5:28am

The Executive Council convenor has renewed his call for electoral reform, saying it is the key to better governance.

Lam Woon-kwong also hit out at pan-democrats who want Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to quit, and urged parties to rethink their critical approach to the government, as it could obstruct democratic progress.

"Is it true that your political party will get more support by doing negative things on a day-to-day basis to hamper the government's authority? … Are Hong Kong people as blind as that?" Lam asked. "Most voters want a reasonable, moderate government."

Forty of the 70 Legislative Council seats are elected directly under a proportional representation system. The rest are elected by members of functional constituencies drawn from trades, professions and business sectors.

Last month, Lam proposed that all Legco seats be elected by universal suffrage in 2020, with two-thirds of the seats chosen by a "simple majority" and the rest by proportional representation.

Pro-establishment lawmakers gave the idea a lukewarm response. Nevertheless, Lam reiterated his stance on Commercial Radio yesterday.

"If you insist on keeping the proportional representation system, I can assure you … no matter who wins the top job - even if you pick the most capable person in 2017 to be chief executive - it will not help to solve the deadlock [in governance]," he argued.