Reform plan for by-elections is just spitting the dummy

Last year, five members of the pan-democratic camp did a very foolish thing. They resigned their Legislative Council seats to force by-elections and create what they hoped would be seen as a 'referendum' on political reform.

Monday, 23 May, 2011, 12:00am

Watchdog reports on by-elections

Almost four months after the Legco by-elections, the electoral watchdog has noted concerns that the decisions of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his political appointees not to vote discouraged some people from voting.

But it said the decision of whether to vote or not - especially by civil servants - should be respected.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


A soft approach can work wonders

When students do something wrong, they should be punished. But the punishment should not be too harsh. Otherwise, it would take away their confidence.

I think the most effective method is to teach students to 'look before you leap'.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Debate significant but irrelevant in big picture

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen took everyone by surprise when he announced he would debate constitutional reform with Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee live on television. Not so surprising, perhaps, was that Eu, a trained advocate and experienced politician, put in the more polished performance.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Vow to block politically inspired by-elections

Officials have vowed to plug what they see as a legal loophole allowing lawmakers to trigger a so-called referendum through by-elections, though the Basic Law provision protecting the right to stand in election remains an obstacle.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

By-election follies

The nomination period for the upcoming by-elections, or de facto referendum, triggered by the mass resignation of pro-democracy lawmakers is over. With 26 candidates in the running, the by-elections will take place next month no matter how many in the pro-Beijing and pro-establishment parties boycott them.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

A gamble that runs the risk of backfiring

Beijing and Hong Kong's government have dared moderate pan-democrats to take a gamble that they are most unlikely to accept.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

By-elections can show Beijing we're serious about democracy

The democratic movement in Hong Kong has arrived at a critical juncture regarding universal suffrage. The National People's Congress Standing Committee's pledges on democracy in 2017 and 2020 appear to be empty promises. It merely talks of universal suffrage for Hong Kong, but this may not mean genuine democracy.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Ill-conceived arguments on polls are not needed

Beijing's declaration that the by-elections to be held in May are unconstitutional has put our city's officials in a most uncomfortable position. They have to give at least tacit support for the official line that this so-called referendum, triggered by the resignation of five democrat lawmakers, somehow contravenes the Basic Law.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Authorities taken to task over street space for election placards

Pan-democrats have accused the government of jeopardising the image of Hong Kong as a fair and civic society after it decided against ordering the removal of politicians' roadside banners to make way for placards promoting May's by-elections.

Removing them is standard practice for general elections.

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Wen's plea for harmony falls on deaf ears

Several years ago, Premier Wen Jiabao raised serious concerns about some deep-rooted conflicts embedded in our society. And because he did not elaborate, many have tried to guess since then what he meant.

24 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

'Referendum' farce risks turning into a tragedy

The comedy that is the 'de facto referendum' being planned for May 16 now has the potential to turn into a tragedy. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen calls it a 'drama'; pro-government politician Tam Yiu-chung says it's a 'farce'.

But it is not funny any more.

15 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Civic Party and league see public support ratings hit record low

Public support for the Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats has hit a record low since the two groups were formed, a survey by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme has found.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Uncontested by-elections still a win, Eu says

The Civic Party will declare a walkover if rivals do not contest the polls and its candidates are re-elected without ballots being cast, its leader, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, said yesterday.

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Treat the 'uprising' with the contempt it deserves

Now that the government has sought to bundle the funding application for the referendum (otherwise know as by-elections) into the budget, it is invoking Article 52 of the Basic Law.

16 Feb 2010 - 12:00am