Hongkongers are re-focusing on the Basic Law in their recent discussions about the city’s electoral reform, said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Friday.
Lam announced on Friday morning the first round of reform consultation would start in a few weeks’ time. The exercise would not directly touch on the controversial public nomination proposal, she said.
“I’ve noticed that after Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei’s recent visit to the city, the recent remarks on electoral reform have put greater emphasis on compliance with the Basic Law and the related decisions of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee,” Lam told the media. “This is a gratifying phenomenon.”
During his three-day visit to Hong Kong last week, Li said the Basic Law put the right to choose candidates in the hands of a nominating committee – a remark widely interpreted as dashing pan-democrats’ hopes that public nomination would be allowed for the 2017 election of Hong Kong’s chief executive.
“We hope to nurture the atmosphere for reform by outlining the constitutional and legal issues,” said Lam. “The consultation would not specifically comment on individual proposals.”