Election Committee

Election Committee members spent hundreds to fix 2-cent errors

Some Election Committee candidates were forced to spend as much as HK$700 to fix two-cent campaign-finance errors, it was revealed. This follows news last month that the officers overspent to fix an 80-cent error on one candidate's account.

Monday, 5 November, 2012, 5:45am

Slay the beast

Why is it that some people are granted claims to incredible rights while the rest of us are forced to accept their audacity to milk those rights, with complete disregard for the law and disrespect for history?

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Waste levy will not deter rich citizens

Friends of the Earth has proposed that the cost of disposing of refuse under any government waste charge scheme should be HK$1.30 a bag. It estimates that a typical family would pay HK$40 a month.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Culture sector unhappy about having no voice

The bundling of all 14 of the Election Committee's cultural sector votes in favour of Leung Chun-ying upset others in the sector who claim their views were not sought.

Their discontent surfaced in an online petition that also calls for a change in the Legislative Council's functional constituency set-up, to split culture and the arts from sport.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing's dutiful loyalists take a dim view

Sometimes you really have to feel for the central government when its muppets sitting on the Election Committee are so dim-witted they have to have everything spelled out for them. We all know there was a grand bargain once by which Henry Tang Ying-yen would be duly elected by a wide margin to keep the big boys from the commercial, property and banking sectors happy.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

In this election, the worst is yet to come

To rephrase Karl Marx's famous quip about history repeating itself, our chief executive race is in danger of turning from farce to tragedy. An election process whose legitimacy is tenuous at best has been exposed as wholly inadequate to producing even a credible leader.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tensions spill over as furious lawmakers bring proceedings to a halt

Three legislators were escorted out of last night's election debate amid jeers from their fellow Election Committee members after they staged noisy protests that forced the event to halt for almost 10 minutes.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Handling tips

In a week's time, we'll know who this city's next chief executive will be, or - with the growing possibility of a hung vote on Sunday - at least to expect more mud until May. Get used to it, I say; that's the stuff elections are made of - the important ones, at least.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

More bombshells unlikely in forum for the electors

Tight rules for tonight's forum for chief executive candidates organised by the Election Committee may prevent more bombshells like the one Henry Tang Ying-yen dropped last week, observers say.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Election Committee waits for orders that may never come

Anyone who has spent time with small children will know that they can be unruly and downright naughty, yet they really want someone in authority to tell them what to do. In the absence of this authority, they will misbehave mercilessly.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who chooses our next chief executive?

Hong Kong's top job

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Election committee debate sets the stage for knockout round

A policy forum that aims to bring the three chief executive candidates before the members of the 1,200-strong Election Committee could be a decisive moment in the race, an influential Beijing loyalist says.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Support for Tang falls to record-low 18.5 per cent

Popular support for embattled chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen has hit a record low of 18.5 per cent in a three-horse race with 72.2 per cent of respondents opposed to him taking the city's top job, the latest survey co-commissioned by the South China Morning Post has found.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang's supporters should think twice

It is a shame that scandal-plagued Henry Tang Ying-yen has defied public opinion and formally signed up for the chief executive election. Despite a growing public consensus that he should pull out, the beleaguered hopeful sought to make his candidacy a fait accompli by swiftly submitting nominations from nearly one-third of the 1,200-member Election Committee.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Calling for the great debate

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents surveyed in a poll published yesterday by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme expressed the hope that the leading candidates vying to become the next chief executive will face each other in a live debate.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am