Proportional Representation

Electoral system confuses voters, critics say

Re-elected legislators and academics are calling for a review of the proportional representation system, which critics say has encouraged a vocal minority and confused voters.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 1:56pm 1 comment

Poll finds only a third of Hongkongers understand they can vote for 'super seats'

Only a third of Hongkongers realise they have a vote in the new "super seats" in next month's Legislative Council election, a survey has found.

Pundits warned that a lack of government publicity could affect the result of the election for the five super seats, in which 3.2 million voters who do not hold a vote in any other functional constituency are eligible to cast ballots.

15 Aug 2012 - 3:47am

Academic says proposal could abet assassinations

Filling midterm vacancies in legislatures with the next-in-line candidate from the former representative's party in countries which use proportional representation system can prevent political assassinations, an academic says.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Baffled by an empty seat

The government's controversial proposal to fill midterm vacancies in the Legislative Council by installing the next-best-placed candidate would serve the intended purpose: preventing lawmakers from claiming a by-election to be a referendum.

But it may lead to some unintended consequences, and even tricky scenarios that officials may not have thought through.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

By-elections given a no-vote

The government has a plan to stop lawmakers using by-elections to stage 'referendums' - by scrapping by-elections in geographical constituencies.

In a proposal announced yesterday, a vacant seat in the Legislative Council arising from the resignation or death of a legislator would be filled by the next best placed candidate at the previous election.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Real democracy? It's all about a sense of proportion

You can always rely on the Americans to do the right thing, Winston Churchill was famously quoted as saying, once they have exhausted every other possibility. On this premise, we might well award Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung honorary American citizenship.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

New elements of the government proposal

The government will take an 'open and constructive' attitude towards giving up its right to appoint some 100 district councillors

Elections to fill the six seats proposed for Legco's district councils functional constituency will be by proportional representation

The ban on a politically affiliated chief executive may be reviewed in the long term

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Camp could claim 4 of 10 new seats

The pan-democrat camp might grab four of 10 seats the government has proposed adding to the legislature in 2012, political scientists said yesterday.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

A bigger pie

After four meetings and one workshop, the Commission on Strategic Development's task group on constitutional development has wound up without reaching any definitive conclusions. Task group members might not have grown any wiser about the blueprint for our democratic development in the next 12 years or so, but one thing is certain.

7 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Minority voices drowned by first-past-the-post

As a new member of the Democratic Party, I am very disappointed at comments made by prominent members of the pro-democracy group after the Legco election. They are all firing at the wrong targets.

30 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Don't blame the system

For bad losers, the most convenient target is the system. In the Legislative Council election, the Democratic Party suffered quite a setback, and has been demoted from being the biggest party in Legco to number three. As is to be expected, Democrats quickly found a culprit: the voting scheme.

24 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

How the formula works

Under the proportional representation system, voters choose from lists of candidates instead of voting for a particular candidate.

Suppose there are three lists, each with two candidates, contesting three seats - six candidates in all. About 300,000 votes are cast. List A received 145,000, List B 125,000 and List C 30,000.

31 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

System failure

Six years after the introduction of proportional representation voting in Hong Kong, the system is still a mystery to many voters, none more than to first-timers. While many inexperienced young voters have firm opinions on the importance of voting, and how and why they will vote in the Legislative Council elections on September 12, they do not have a clue how the system works.

31 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Fair voting system

The analytical article headlined 'Predicting Legco election more than simple maths' (November 25) was an eye-opener.

29 Nov 2003 - 12:00am


Danny Gittings, with his usual bias ('Inside Track' column, Sunday Morning Post, August 27), is quite wrong to say that introducing proportional representation was gerrymandering. If he knows anything about political systems, he must be aware that the first-past-the-post system has long been recognised as unfair, both to voters and political parties.

10 Sep 2000 - 12:00am