Occupy Central

Cap chief executive hopefuls at 3: anti-Occupy Central campaigner

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 January, 2014, 5:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 January, 2014, 5:18pm

A core member of the group formed to oppose the Occupy Central democracy campaign has suggested ditching the idea of public nomination and limiting the number of chief executive candidates in the 2017 election to three people.

Robert Chow Yung, one of six convenors of the Silent Majority for Hong Kong, said any form of public nomination was against the Basic Law and should not be allowed.

“Compliance with the Basic Law is the overarching principle when we consider proposals for electoral reform,” he said.

Separately, Silent Majority announced launching a fundraising campaign to sustain its efforts in opposing the Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign.

On Monday, Chow presented his own proposal for electing the chief executive in 2017, amid the government’s five-month public consultation to seek views on reforms for that ballot and for the formation of the Legislative Council in 2016.

He suggested requiring hopefuls of the top job to win votes on the nominating committee in a “pre-election”. The committee would arrive at only three finalists and screen out the rest.

But to contest the pre-election, a candidate must first secure at least 30 nominations from the nominating committee, which the Basic Law says is responsible for endorsing chief executive candidates.

Chow also said it was time to abandon all ideas of allowing into the race candidates who achieved support from an agreed proportion of the city’s eligible voters.

“I really doubt if the Alliance for True Democracy wants universal suffrage when it advocates something unconstitutional,” he said.

Chow was referring to the pan-democrats’ idea of a three-track system that would grant voters and political parties the right to nominate candidates, who would then be endorsed by the nominating committee.

Silent Majority was formed in August to target Occupy Central. In November, it proposed imposing compulsory voting or handing out cash in order to boost ballot turnout and make politics in the city less polarised.

This time, the proposal by Chow, also a radio host, “represented only his personal views”, the group said.

Silent Majority had garnered wider support following months of work since its formation, another convenor, Fung Ka-pun, said.

“We see the growth of voices opposing Occupy Central, after we published several rounds of front-page newspaper advertisements and organised many rounds of debates,” Fung said, as the group outlined its plans. “We will raise funds to support our future efforts.”