Civil Rights and Liberties

Only path to universal and equal suffrage

Changes to the 2012 elections are supposed to pave the way towards universal suffrage in 2017 in accordance with the 'gradual and orderly' progress laid down in the Basic Law.

Monday, 9 November, 2009, 12:00am

Electoral reform plan must offer real progress

Changes for the 2012 elections should pave the way for wider reforms leading to universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2020. Beijing has ruled that this is possible, and it would reflect the wishes of the Hong Kong people for democracy. To prepare the ground, however, the changes for 2012 must be meaningful.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Let's get through 2012 without a repeat of 2005

As expected, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had little to say in his policy address about constitutional development.

The public consultation process, originally scheduled for the first quarter of this year, will begin next month. But it will be limited to electoral arrangements for 2012.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Suffrage campaign launched

A group of members of the committee that elects the chief executive want public support for a call they have made for a consultation on how full universal suffrage will be implemented in 2017 and 2020. The group, representatives of the city's professionals on the Election Committee, yesterday began a campaign to urge people to back their demand.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang, democracy's dangling modifier

When Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen campaigned for re-election in 2007, he sounded like a fervent supporter of democracy, vowing that, if elected, he would 'resolve the universal suffrage issue before 2012' and would not leave it to his successor.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Britain calls for progressive proposals on universal suffrage in Hong Kong

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband wants the Hong Kong government to present progressive proposals to consultations later this year on the city's move towards universal suffrage.

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

League willing to compromise in push for reform

The League of Social Democrats yesterday indicated that it was willing to compromise over constitutional reform, after the Civic Party announced a proposal which was close to the League's call for mass resignations designed to trigger a de facto referendum. The resignations idea is that a resulting by-election would measure popular demand for full reform.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Electoral consultation must be given a chance

The public consultation on changes for the 2012 elections is not even under way yet, but it is already in danger of going off the rails.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats float deal for 2012 as step to universal suffrage

Pan-democrats yesterday floated a new proposal for the government to consider in exchange for their participation in discussions on electoral reforms for 2012 that fall short of their stated goal of universal suffrage.

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Supermarkets undermining plastic bag tax

The plastic bag levy was introduced earlier this month and, surprise, surprise, civilisation as we know it did not come to an end.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

League may break with other pan-democrats

The League of Social Democrats yesterday warned that it could be 'forced to sever' its relationship with other pan-democratic parties by the end of the year over the issue of constitutional reform.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats just cannot see beyond universal suffrage

I would be more enthusiastic about universal suffrage if the pan-democrats would give some proposals on 'What next?' after it becomes law in Hong Kong.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Legislators seal swift passage on voting rights for prisoners

A bill to enable prisoners to vote was passed by lawmakers yesterday, just six months after a High Court ruling that the election rules were unconstitutional and violated inmates' rights.

The Voting by Imprisoned Persons Bill, which will remove provisions disqualifying prisoners from voting in district and geographical elections, was passed unanimously by a show of hands.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Let's see people power on July 1, say democrats

Pan-democrat lawmakers last night urged people to take part in the July 1 demonstration and fight for universal suffrage, as they called for a referendum to decide on whether to implement full democracy in 2012.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Time to draw line under PCCW saga

Despite the High Court's ruling on April 6 that the privatisation of PCCW was legitimate, the Securities and Futures Commission nevertheless decided to appeal against the verdict.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am