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
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
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.29 Nov 2013 - 12:01pm 3 comments
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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