Report on public consultation for electoral reform 'may be released this week'
The government is trying to decide on the best time to release the report on its public consultation on political reform, with a source close to the matter revealing that officials may unveil the report as early as next week.
It is understood officials are considering having Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor deliver the report at Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting.
But the chances of Lam doing so this week are slim as there are other matters on the agenda for the Legco meeting, the last one before the summer recess.
Lawmakers have to clear unfinished business - including government bills and members' motions - from last week's meeting, which was adjourned due to filibustering by pan-democrats.
And with radical lawmakers threatening to use delaying tactics again at this week's meeting, it is uncertain whether Lam will be able to make the statement.
"Another option is to release the report at Legco's constitutional affairs panel meeting on July 21," another source said, adding that lawmakers could decide whether to attend the session. A third option would be to release the report at a press briefing, the source said.
The first phase of the public consultation on reform for the 2017 chief executive and 2016 Legco elections ended on May 3. Some 130,000 submissions were made in the five-month period.
The report will summarise the public's views on issues including the composition of the nominating committee, which will put forward candidates for the 2017 chief executive poll.
In May, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said public-nomination proposals were "very unlikely" to be included in the second phase of consultation.
A source close to the government said there was now almost no hope of forging a consensus across the city's political divide on electoral reform, after the results of last month's unofficial referendum in which the Alliance for True Democracy's proposal received the most votes.
The alliance's proposal includes the right for all voters to nominate chief executive candidates in 2017.
But this goes against Article 45 of the Basic Law, which puts the power to nominate candidates in the hands of a "broadly representative" nominating committee.