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Civil Rights and Liberties

A litmus test of our democracy

While the race to become Hong Kong's next chief executive has caught the public's imagination, the election of the 1,200 people who actually get to vote for our next leader has not.

Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am

Show you treasure the right to vote

The district council elections are our city's most democratic, a fact usually not reflected in campaigning or voter turnout. The exception was in 2003, when issues such as Sars, a long economic downturn and unpopular proposals for a national security law galvanised public interest. Electioneering for today's polls has been quiet.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Democracy in HK falls short, says U.S. report

A commission of US lawmakers and government officials warned yesterday that Hong Kong has fallen 'far short' of universal suffrage despite the passage of last year's electoral reform bill.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Scrap appointed seats in one go

The district council elections in November will be more competitive than in the past. With a record 412 seats up for grabs, 243 hopefuls signed up on the first day of the two-week nomination period on Thursday. The number of registered voters, at more than 3.5 million, marks a 22 per cent increase over the last decade.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Oxfam plays vital role in Somalia

Former humanitarian worker Mark Mullan was stationed in Somalia from 1992-94 and witnessed 'constant death' in that food crisis ('Plea for donations to aid Somali famine victims', August 7).

With the current famine in parts of Somalia, and with the country again at war and in drought, he calls for action from all of us.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

80pc want universal suffrage early

Nearly 80 per cent of Hong Kong people want universal suffrage as early as possible with the government urged to set up a 'well-represented' advisory committee to map out election arrangements, a poll shows.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Appointed seats must be scrapped

A year after the political reform package for the 2012 polls was passed, the government has yet to make good the promise of abolishing the appointed seats in district councils. When asked about the lack of progress last week, constitutional chief Stephen Lam Sui-lung said only that he aims to table the proposals before the district council polls in November.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Groping in the dark

The Hong Kong government will shortly introduce into the Legislative Council draft legislation specifying the arrangements for the election of the chief executive and legislators in 2012. The proposals will seek to put flesh on the bones of the controversial electoral reform package, approved by the legislature in June.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Back-room manoeuvres a threat to 2017 election

Despite the passing of the constitutional reform package in June and Beijing's various decisions on the issue, much of Hong Kong's political future remains uncertain.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Pan-democratic parties call for suffrage law

Large political parties in the fractured pan-democratic camp have issued a unified demand for the government to introduce one-off legislation laying out a clear roadmap towards universal suffrage.

The call comes despite an earlier split in the camp in the wake of the so-called de-facto referendum and the passing of the government's electoral reform package for 2012.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am