DAB vows to fight any 'plebiscite' by-election

Hong Kong's largest government-friendly political party said yesterday it was ready to take on the pan-democrats if they went ahead with a plan to resign from the legislature and use the ensuing by-elections as a referendum on universal suffrage.

Tuesday, 4 August, 2009, 12:00am

Sovereignty edges back to the Thai people

Plans by the elected government in Thailand to rewrite the constitution are causing a commotion: supporters and opponents have scuffled, and ministers and generals are trying to scotch talk of a coup.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Low turnout sinks both referendums

Taiwanese voters turned their backs on UN membership referendums yesterday, as both proposals failed to pass amid low turnout.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Pentagon blunder on 'independence' vote

A Pentagon statement that identified Taiwan's UN membership referendum as a vote on independence had the island panicked for 48 hours until the US admitted yesterday it was just a misunderstanding.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

A lengthy process

Five hurdles to referendum success in Taiwan:

Must have at least 0.5 per cent of all eligible voters - 83,000 people - proposing a public vote on a major issue.

Must have at least 5 per cent of all eligible voters - 830,000 people - endorsing the proposal after it has been screened and approved by the Referendum Review Committee.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Green paper to include pan-democrats' poll plan

The universal suffrage proposal by the 21 legislators in the pan-democratic camp will be included in the administration's 'green paper' on democratic reforms, the secretary for constitutional affairs told legislative councillors yesterday.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Commission urged to safeguard poll secrecy

The Electoral Affairs Commission has been urged to step up measures to enhance the confidentiality of Sunday's chief executive election.

These include the need for a sweeping search for spy cameras inside the election venue at AsiaWorld Expo at Chek Lap Kok, said the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.

23 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Referendum urged as part of road map on democracy

Lawmakers yesterday urged the government to hold a referendum as part of consultation on the road map for universal suffrage. They also said the budget for the consultation process was inadequate.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Choose us a chief

A civic group wants to hold an unofficial referendum, at as many as 50 polling stations, in the hope of enhancing public participation in the chief executive election. Would you take part, and who would you vote for to lead Hong Kong? Write to us

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Mock referendum biased: academics

The results of a mock referendum on universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008 are biased, academics monitoring it said yesterday.

However, they said the exercise had achieved its educational aims.

24 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

HK's pace of integration an example to Europe

National identities are not born overnight and nor can they be removed without a struggle. If the European Union's leaders had understood this, they would now be losing a lot less sleep.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Asking for trouble

'The government will consult widely and take full account of the community's views when taking the policy forward.' Scarcely a week passes without some new pronouncement of this sort - in the context of constitutional reform, the budget, harbour works, the cultural hub, Lantau development, tunnel tolls, and more besides.

2 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Lack of burning issue threatens July march

There might not be a July 1 march this year if there is no burning issue to draw protesters onto the streets, the pro-democracy camp says.

The group which organised the mass rallies last year and in 2003 conceded it might not hold one this July 1 if the government's constitutional reform taskforce had still not issued its final proposals by then.

8 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Naked power play

The rehashing of an issue which has already been decided - elections in 2007 and 2008 - through the referendum debate is interesting for many reasons. In itself, it is yet another chapter of civic education, not so much for the Hong Kong public, but for members of the Legislative Council.

7 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Yeung Sum's exit 'in the party's best interests'

Constitutional chief urges Democrats not to push 'inappropriate' vote on reform

The decision by Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum to step down next month had been taken in the party's interest, the constitutional affairs chief said.

22 Nov 2004 - 12:00am