Lawmakers say they are likely to move into the Tamar building in Admiralty before the new legislative term starts in October, as long as various electronic systems are ready.
The Legislative Council Secretariat had started a three-week testing of the building's electronic systems, including the voting system, microphones and timers, said Miriam Lau Kin-yee of the Legco Commission, which handles administrative affairs.
If there were no major problems, lawmakers would move in, Lau said.
'If they're not ready, we can't even hold our meetings,' she said.
Legco president Tsang Yok-sing said last month that they would move in only after the interior construction was done, walkways to the building were improved and more space was designated for public protests. He set an August 10 'non-negotiable' deadline for the work to be completed.
But on a press tour yesterday, plastic wrapping still covered some walls, the floor in the chamber was unfinished and the lifts unadorned.
The construction work is largely complete and the building will be handed to Legco on August 29.
Lau said other outstanding issues would be discussed in a meeting to be held by the end of the month and could be resolved soon.
'The government can't ignore public opinion about transport problems in the area. I'm sure we can manage the issues.'
She dismissed talk that legislators were compromising with the government by making the electronic systems the key criterion for moving in.
Fellow commission member Cyd Ho Sau-lan said Wi-fi access in the building had not been set up yet and mobile signals were weak. She was also worried that the access card system had not been installed.