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Occupy Central in HK$5m appeal to pay for electronic voting

Organisers call for donations so they can pay for electronic voting exercises and deliberation days

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 4:17pm

The Occupy Central organisers are hoping to sign up 5,000 supporters to donate HK$1,000 each to raise HK$5 million so that they can run deliberation meetings and electronic voting exercises.

Dr Chan Kin-man, one of the key organisers, said they were confident they would meet the target but if they failed they may have to scale back the campaign.

Chan said yesterday that the campaign would cost at least HK$6.8 million before summer next year. That included HK$2.15 million for two deliberation days, HK$2 million for two rounds of electronic voting, and HK$1.8 million for training and publicity.

The sum did not include any costs incurred if the proposed blockade of the city's business district went ahead. The movement plans to take action if the government fails to bring about genuine democracy for the 2017 chief executive election.

"The fact is we do not know how much the Occupy action would cost because it is not our prime concern at the moment," Chan said. "Our focus is reaching as many people as we can through deliberation meetings."

A key fundraising drive is to find 5,000 people to donate HK$1,000 each. Dinner events and a market involving 40 local shops are also planned.

Special guests at one of the dinners will be scriptwriter Chow Yuk-ming, who wrote TVB drama When Heaven Burns, writer Leung Man-tao and Benny Tai Yiu-ting, the other Occupy organiser. Entry will be HK$5,000.

Chan said all donations would be accepted provided they did not come with conditions.

"Anyone can donate to us, and their identity will be kept private," he said. "If we fail to reach the target we will have to set priorities for the funds. The deliberation days are the most important, but we might have to scale back other programmes."

The campaign has so far received HK$1.2 million, mostly from the July 1 rally, and more than half has already been spent. Of the 300 people who donated via their bank accounts, 40 per cent gave HK$1,000 and a handful gave HK$10,000 to HK$20,000.

This month and next month, up to 3,000 people will take part in a series of meetings - the second "deliberation day" - to forge a consensus on the "democratic principles" for the 2017 election.

A recent poll found 70 per cent of Hongkongers felt the campaign had only a slim chance of success, but Chan said it did not mean the plan lacked support.



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I think it's a know fact amongst law academics that Benny Tai is simply using this incident to support his promotion to professorship at HKU. He has been an associate professor for a long time and is frustrated that he hasn't been promoted while others have surpassed him. Good marketing strategy though!!!!
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Totally agree with ianson that OC's English outreach is basically nil, which is a huge problem. If we don't take initiative to reach out to the international community ourselves and let the foreign press speak for us... well, just look at how negatively they covered the APEC eviction story.
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it is learnt that our 'Occupy Central Campaign' urgently needs HK$5 million to organise its oncoming activiities.Hoping that all those who support the planned campaign can have more channels to donate their money in supporting this meaningful civil-disobedience.Napoleon once said,'To stage a war,what we need is: first, money; second,money and third,also money !' Without sufficient fund to meets the expenditure,how can we expect the campaign to be a successful one ?
Get www.occupycentral.org working properly for starters. Hopeless that the group has neglected this entirely.


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