2017 chief executive election

Government yet to convince on its case for 2017 nomination process

Rimsky Yuen distributes leaflets on a five-month public consultation on political reform in Central. Photo: Nora Tam

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung has argued in effect that only the existing Election Committee recast as a nominating committee will do for the 2017 chief executive election. Public participation, he said, would be "illegal", and warned that any turmoil born of local frustration could undermine confidence in our economic stability.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 2:01am 2 comments

Virtual vote on universal suffrage draws 62,000

People vote at a polling station in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom in the mock Chief Executive election. Photo: SCMP/Dickson Lee

More than 62,000 people cast their ballots in the New Year Civil Referendum Project on constitutional reform held on Wednesday.

When the poll drew to a close at 6.30pm, a total of 62,169 had cast their votes. Most of them, 40,234, voted through a mobile phone application, and 19,164 did it on the organisers’ website. 2,771 voted in person at the poll stations.

1 Jan 2014 - 10:21pm 10 comments

Carrie Lam 'happy to see re-emphasis on Basic Law' after Li Fei visit

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam greets Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei in a luncheon with lawmakers and officials in Government House, Central 22NOV13

Hongkongers are re-focusing on the Basic Law in their recent discussions about the city’s electoral reform, said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Friday. 

Lam announced on Friday morning the first round of reform consultation would start in a few weeks’ time. The exercise would not directly touch on the controversial public nomination proposal, she said.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 3 comments

Popular nomination for chief executive still a possibility

Protesters clash with police. Photo: Sam Tsang

The proposal to let the public nominate chief executive candidates still appears to be a possibility after Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday the looming consultation on electoral reform would focus on legal issues.

25 Nov 2013 - 5:03pm

Elections in 2017 must provide genuine choice, says British minister

Hugo Swire

British Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has added his voice to the current debate on Hong Kong's electoral reform, saying it is important for voters to have a genuine choice.

14 Sep 2013 - 7:38am 46 comments

Leung vows to launch voting consultation for 2017 election ahead of handover march

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying celebrates the 16th anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying vowed in a handover anniversary reception on Monday to launch a consultation in due course for universal suffrage in the chief executive election in 2017.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Don't blame the people for any lack of democratic 'software' in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Reuters

Two executive councillors, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Lam Woon-kwong, this week commented on universal suffrage and democratisation for Hong Kong. It was no coincidence but, instead, part of a scheme by supporters of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to set the parameters and direction for the chief executive election in 2017, and the Legislative Council election in 2020.

21 Jun 2013 - 1:44am 1 comment

Up to Legco to work out proposal for 2017 electoral nomination

Martin Lee Chu-ming, founding chairman of the Democratic Party, put forward the idea of the nominating committee endorsing five candidates. Photo: Paul Yeung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has been pilloried for not coming forward with a proposal on how the universal suffrage election in 2017 will be conducted. From a technical standpoint, an electoral reform bill has to be introduced by the government.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am 2 comments

Fears blockade plan may end in bloodshed

Lau Siu-kai

An academic's plan to block the roads in Central demanding genuine universal suffrage may end in bloodshed, a former government adviser warned yesterday. Professor Lau Siu-kai, who used to head the Central Policy Unit, told RTHK that he feared the movement will "start peacefully but end in bloodshed".

11 Apr 2013 - 5:24am 1 comment

Democrat's poll plan meets poor reception

Martin Lee Chu-ming

An electoral reform proposal from the founding chairman of the Democratic Party met with a lukewarm response from fellow pan-democrats amid a heated debate on the introduction of universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive poll.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:15am 1 comment

2017 chief executive poll isn't city's 'last battle for democracy'

Lau Siu-kai. Photo: David Wong

Former Central Policy Unit head Professor Lau Siu-kai said it would take some heat off the debate on universal suffrage if both sides viewed the city's political reform as a continuing process.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:27am 1 comment