Legislative Council of Hong Kong

Legco voting system needs reviewing

The saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" appears to be the guiding principle in our Legco elections. Since 1998, the proportional representation voting system has been hailed as a better formula to achieve fairer representation based on a party's share of votes.

Monday, 24 September, 2012, 1:28am

60pc of Legco candidates ignore survey seeking stance on HK freedoms

Nearly 60 per cent of Legco candidates - mostly from the pro-establishment camp - have not replied to survey questions about their stance on issues related to press freedom and the free flow of government information.

5 Sep 2012 - 8:28am

HK needs vocal opposition in Legco

HK needs vocal opposition in Legco

With the Legislative Council election on September 9 fast approaching, campaign activities have moved into high gear as candidates pull out all the stops to garner public support.

To the majority of voters, the election seems to lack a single overarching theme. However, the latest opinion polls indicate that, despite this, voter turnout is expected to hit an all-time high.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

'Super seat' hopefuls have poor record of meeting residents

Two of the five lawmakers contesting the 'super seats' in the Legislative Council elections next month did not attend any of their scheduled meetings with residents seeking help in the past legislative year.

The super seats are elected by citywide ballot, with some 3.2 million voters eligible.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Lesser-known candidates get boost after exit of big names

With three of its incumbent lawmakers leaving to fight the citywide 'super seats', the Kowloon West constituency will see veterans who missed out in the 2008 Legislative Council poll take on up-and-coming politicians looking to capitalise on the departure of their big names.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Infighting could dash hopes of pro-government parties in HK legco election

In past Legislative Council elections, the rivalry within the pro-establishment camp rarely rose to the surface. This carefully orchestrated and party-whipped harmonious veneer is close to cracking open this year - a breakdown best illustrated in Kowloon East, where Beijing-loyalist candidates face a fiery battle for the constituency's fifth seat - added under electoral reforms in 2010.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

Corrections & Clarifications

The report, 'Hong Kong women live the longest', on page A1 on Friday, July 27, incorrectly stated that the life expectancy for the city's male population was 78.4 years in 2011. The correct figure is 80.5 years.

Yesterday's C1 report, 'Record 292 sign up for Legco poll', wrongly said 292 candidates will contest 54 seats in the Legco election. The correct figure is 276.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Appointment could signal end of C.Y. plan

Paul Chan Mo-po's appointment as development chief (instead of the proposed new post of deputy financial secretary) signals that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has pulled the reins on his restructuring plan.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legco president throws his hat in the ring again for post

Pro-government heavyweight Tsang Yok-sing launched his election campaign yesterday with a clear message for voters - do not vote for him if they want a lawmaker who speaks out on government policies. That is because he will once more seek the president's chair in the legislature.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lau left Exco post 'to handle kuk row'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat said yesterday that he had declined an offer to stay as an Executive Council member under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying so he could focus on handling conflicts over unauthorised structures in the New Territories.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers must rebuild confidence

Politicians do not always enjoy strong public support. But increasingly, our lawmakers' performance has been winning ever more criticism than praise. Unruly behaviour, delaying tactics, a backlog of unfinished business - all these raise the question whether Hong Kong can be governed effectively.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

41 voting firms registered at same address

The voters' list for September's Legco elections reflects a quirk of the city's electoral law: 41 companies that will vote for trade-based seats are all registered at the same commercial address. Twenty-eight other firms all share the same address, too.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Gloves off in Super-seat battle

Infighting could undercut the pan-democrats' efforts to capitalise on the woes of the pro-establishment camp and capture three of the five Legislative Council 'super seats', candidates and observers say.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

No need for more Legco meetings

Hong Kong's lawmakers say they do not need to spend extra days at the Legislative Council in future, despite the likelihood that more than 20 motions will lapse when the Legco term ends at midnight on Tuesday.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Revamp scrutiny faces more delay

People Power lawmakers have vowed to drag out discussion of the Companies Bill until tomorrow or Friday to minimise the chance that the Legislative Council will be able to scrutinise plans for a government restructuring before its term ends next week.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am