'No urgency' for unified reform plan: pan-dems
Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang's bid to unite moderate pan-democrats and scholars with a single reform proposal has received a lukewarm response.
Moderate lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah, who met Chan yesterday, said there was "no urgency" to consolidate proposals. And a group of 18 scholars said they would not merge proposals, but would issue a joint statement on "key democratic principles".
Chan, who chairs the discussion group Hong Kong 2020, has proposed creating a 1,400-member nominating committee, which would include 317 directly elected representatives. Under her proposal, any candidate who won the endorsement of one-tenth of the committee would then stand for a public vote.
Tong favours a 1,500-member nominating committee, which would include 400 district councillors, though he also wants candidates to be endorsed by one-tenth of the committee. "I think there's no urgency to consolidate our proposals, but I agree that we can join forces in calling for discussions on the formation and operation of a democratic nominating committee," Tong said.
Chan also met four academics, including Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang, vice-chairman of SynergyNet, and Community Care Fund head Dr Law Chi-kwong.
The four represented a group of 18 scholars who propose a 1,200-member nominating committee. They want candidates endorsed by 70,000 to 80,000 voters to stand in an internal ballot by the nominating committee, and for those who gain one-eighth of the votes to go to a public ballot.
Chan said: "Our joint view is that at the moment, our priority should not be on amalgamating the different proposals that are already out there in the public, rather, we should be looking into some important principles … for example [our proposals] all comply with the Basic Law and with international standards on universal suffrage, [and] we have a low threshold for entry."
The three proposals are among 15 that will be discussed at Occupy Central's "deliberation day" on Tuesday, when the movement will decide which three proposals should go forward to a city-wide referendum on June 20 to 22.
The Business and Professionals Alliance met Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to propose a nominating committee of 1,200 to 1,600 members. Candidates endorsed by at least 100 members would stand in an internal ballot. The top two to four would go to a public vote.
The government's five-month public consultation on political reform ends today.