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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 January, 2014, 5:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 January, 2014, 8:14am

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.

Under the proposal yesterday by radio host Robert Chow Yung, chief executive hopefuls would need to pass two thresholds to become formal candidates.

Chow, one of six convenors of the Silent Majority for Hong Kong, said any form of public nomination, which allows voters to choose chief executive candidates, should be ditched as "unconstitutional and unfair".

"The more supporters are needed for one to be qualified as a candidate, the fewer can run for the election," said Chow. "Compliance with the Basic Law is the overarching principle when we consider reform proposals."

Under Chow's proposal, candidates would require 30 to 80 endorsements from the nominating committee before then running for a "pre-election".

The committee, responsible under the Basic Law for officially nominating candidates, would then return three candidates by block voting, under which each voter makes three choices on a single ballot paper to indicate their favourites. The rest would be screened out.

Chow said screening occurred "everywhere in the world" and claimed the US and UK both held "two-horse races".

"My proposal is better - I allow three candidates."

To form the nominating committee, Chow suggested retaining the four main sectors used to form the existing Election Committee, with each holding the same number of seats.

Silent Majority - which said Chow's suggestions were his personal views - announced the launch of a campaign aiming to raise HK$5 million to HK$6 million to oppose Occupy Central's civil-disobedience movement.

Another convenor, Fung Ka-pun, said that Silent Majority had garnered wider public support following months of work since the group's formation.

In a separate development, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor met the constitutional study group led by New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Suk-yee. Ip called on the government to enlarge the franchise of the nominating committee to increase its "democratic elements".



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Silent Majority my foot! I doubt whether most people think 3 candidates would be the max. The last CE election produced 3 candidates and look at the popularity ratings of our CE now. This will further antagonize the Occupy Central camp. 3 candidates will only give HK people limited choice and I am pretty sure that after the screening only die-hard Beijing fans remain. Whilst I agree that candidates should not be anti-Beijing we will not be happy with shoe-shiners.
Dai Muff
Well, compared with what we have had so far, my cleaning lady is qualified.
Dai Muff
These guys are a joke ""We are Silent Majority because we say so".
Does it really make a differenc how many the cap is?.............there isn't even one qualified or competent person that can stand up to the CE job in the 2017 election.
We don't have to wait until we have qualified candidates to have universal suffrage - we need the universal suffrage now to kick the butts of our government!!!!!
No wonder that Robert Chow Yung could not be head of RTHK.... his remarks are just that of a ****!!!!
There are many can. See how many chanting loudly “ democracy and freedom” and promising everything HKers demand, even benefits and public housing for new migrants. They are the most wanted chief, philanthropist albeit on tax money. And after on the seat, then . . . . . .


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