Basic Law drafters say referendum on change out of order

Experts explain why Beijing views any plebiscite as a breach of the constitution

Thursday, 18 November, 2004, 12:00am

An exercise in futility

There seems to be much ado about nothing in the saga over holding a referendum on constitutional reform in 2007 and 2008. It is puzzling that mainland officials and local pro-Beijing figures should jump in to claim it is an attempt to encroach on national sovereignty, or a move to turn Hong Kong into an independent polity.

8 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Better way of gauging public opinion needed

The drive by the democrats for a plebiscite on universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008 is pointless since direct elections have already been ruled out by Beijing. A vote of this kind would therefore be a waste of time and money. It might also prompt a more hardline response from the central government and hold back Hong Kong's progress towards a more democratic system.

3 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Referendum issue

Beijing has rejected any form of referendum to decide the method for electing Hong Kong's chief executive in 2007 and legislature in 2008. What do you think of this decision? Share your views: write to us.

26 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Lawmakers must not repeat panel farce

The Legislative Council's panel on constitutional affairs has a heavy responsibility to bear. It will play an important role in helping shape Hong Kong's political reforms.

But hopes that the panel would set about this task in a rational and mature manner have quickly been dispelled. The first meeting on Monday was a farce.

20 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Make the case with referendums

Are people in Hong Kong ready for universal suffrage? There are ways to find out.

If Beijing has reasonable proof that Hongkongers are politically mature and strongly favour an amendment to the Basic Law, there is a strong possibility the central government will give us the green light.

9 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Seeking pure democracy

Seeking pure democracy

Graham Warburton's own definition of democracy ('Definition of democracy', April 2) - 'political power exercised [by the people] directly or given to elected representatives' - implies there are forms of democracy besides governance through elected representatives.

5 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Illegal act?

There is a Scottish National Party, which calls for an independent Scotland.

There was a referendum in Quebec, Canada, to determine if the province should become independent. In Hong Kong, would we be allowed to propose a referendum for voters to decide the future of the SAR once Article 23 of the Basic Law is implemented?

9 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Candidate urges referendum on soccer betting

Hong Kong should conduct a referendum to decide whether soccer betting should be legalised, an Election Committee by-election candidate has said.

The idea was floated by Ho Sai-chu, who is a former Liberal Party legislator. He said the referendum would show what people really wanted in a fair and impartial manner.

26 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Ask us about the things that matter, Mr Tung

A TOTAL OF 101 major consultation papers have been posted by the Government on the Internet for public comment since July 1997. That means residents have been asked to comment on a new topic put forward by the administration roughly every two weeks.

3 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Seven-year itch

In an election distinguished mainly by great apathy and indifference, France will vote on Sunday on whether to revise a key portion of the political system which since 1958 has given it a strong state and basic stability - despite a penchant for protests such as the recent fuel tax furore. What good it will do France remains unknown.

23 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Floating voting

Crew members on the Australian naval frigate HMAS Adelaide submit postal votes ahead of their country's republic referendum on November 6.

28 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Call to keep local NPC from law changes

Local deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) should not have the power to initiate amendments to the Basic Law, the Bar Association said yesterday.

Association representative Philip Dykes told the constitutional affairs panel the mini-constitution did not state who could initiate an amendment bill in Hong Kong.

16 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Democracy debate scuttled by sparring

Pro-democracy legislators and moderate and conservative forces were sharply divided yesterday over whether full universal suffrage should be introduced from 2000.

At the end of a four-hour debate marred by personal attacks and counter-attacks, members failed to agree on any motion on the pace of democracy.

16 Jul 1998 - 12:00am


One of the components of the official and legitimate mechanism for the realisation of democracy, for the participation of the citizens in governing through the institution of elections and suffrage, is unfair to the majority election system.

16 Nov 1997 - 12:00am