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Public nomination for 2017 CE election ‘against Basic Law’, says Elsie Leung

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 12:34pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 10:21pm

Allowing the public to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election is against the Basic Law, and the idea is not worth discussing, Basic Law Committee vice-chairwoman Elsie Leung Oi-sie reiterated on Wednesday morning.

The former justice secretary, who took part in an ill-fated political reform plan in 2005, has spoken publicly for the first time since the government launched a five-month exercise to garner public views on the upcoming political overhaul.

Speaking on Commercial Radio on Wednesday, Leung said the idea of letting the public nominate candidates for the top job went too far from the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution.

“You can discuss anything. But if something doesn’t fit the legal framework, and certainly wouldn’t be accepted, why discuss it?” she questioned.

In 2007, the National People’s Congress’ Standing Committee decided that Hong Kong may elect its next leader in 2017 “by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.”

Pan-democrats have been calling for the public to be allowed to put forward candidates, as they fear that their candidates could be ousted if nominations are made by a committee.

Leung reiterated that the nominating committee for the 2017 election should be modelled on the current election committee’s four-sector structure, in which each sector has approximately 300 members.

“If there is public nomination, there is no need to have a nominating committee,” Leung questioned.

“For public nomination [to work], you need a system to make sure that the nominators are genuinely different [individual] voters … so you would need to check their identity cards, otherwise some people can sign their names several times if you only collect signature on the streets,” she said.

“[Such a system] is very different from the current one,” Leung said.



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If public nomination is not possible, then the formation of nominating committee is a big question. How can it be assured to be representative enough but not appointed by the Central People Government? Not another form of small circle election.
In some ways, she's not completely off............Think of it this way.........if HK citizens were ignorant enough to elect people like Mad Dog - Wong Yuk Man into Legco along with his old partner "Long Hair", do we really believe HK people are capable of nominating a CE candidate?...........the answer is obvious...........HK people are not really politically mature enough to be given this right.
sudo rm -f cy
Article 159 dictates how the Basic Law may be amended. The only reason why the proposal is being shot down is because Beijing says so, because it is scared of its own people suddenly having the power.
Someone should beware of the last few year of her life, I wish it be in a slow and painful way.
and what does the brainless Elsie Leung know?
What does Elsie Leung know about the law ? Just say Sally Aw... That tells us everything she knows .... Nothing
OK OK Beijing thinks public nomination is unacceptable and thus states its not compliant with the Basic Law and not the other way round ie not complying with the BL and thus deemed unacceptable. The primary concern is the nominating committee, with a large number of Beijing allies, will weed out candidates Beijing does not favour leaving us with the likes of ughh... CY and Henry both of whom are not up to scratch. Instead of simply saying no to public nomination through people such as Elsie of all people Beijing should propose a way that could allow more people to be nominated which in turn giving HK people more choice. They could also start grooming their 'own' future CE.


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