Universal Suffrage

Universal Suffrage

The Hong Kong Chief Executive election of 2017 will pick the top official of Hong Kong for the fifth term. According to the National People's Congress Standing Committee's resolution in 2007, the election may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage. Pan-democratic lawmakers and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have protested strongly against an election framework passed by Beijing on August 31, 2014, saying it fails to reach international standards for a truly democratic and open election. They have vowed to veto it in the Legislative Council and organise a series of street protests known as Occupy Central.

Government will try to win pan-dems’ support for reform ‘until last minute’, vows Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam is acting chief executive while Leung Chun-ying visits mainland China. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong government will strive until the last minute to win pan-democratic lawmakers’ support on political reform, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015, 12:14pm 2 comments

No compromises on Hong Kong political reform, vows top Beijing official

Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Dickson Lee

Beijing will not compromise over political reform despite pan-democrats’ opposition to the plan, a senior official on Hong Kong affairs is said to have vowed as he met a delegation from the city.

21 Apr 2015 - 3:23am 6 comments

Nothing positive in a negative question

Nelson Wong Sing-chi has broken ranks over the pan-democratic stance on the government's electoral reform package. Photo: Sam Tsang

Nelson Wong Sing-chi, alas, is not the late Szeto Wah.

20 Apr 2015 - 6:27am 1 comment

Rejection of electoral reform package may be the lesser of two evils

Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu agrees a veto of the package could be the lesser of two evils for Hong Kong.

The looming prospect of the government's electoral reform package being rejected by the legislature has prompted many to warn that such a result would be catastrophic for the city.

20 Apr 2015 - 2:52am 1 comment

The battle to pocket public opinion: a PR fight on the political reform package

Illustration: Henry Wong

The government and pan-democrats are in a PR fight ahead of the reform package's unveiling.

20 Apr 2015 - 2:52am 1 comment

Hong Kong government to launch push to drum up public support for 2017 electoral reform

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that she believed public views could influence legislators' decisions. Photo: SCMP

The government is planning an all-out drive involving its political appointees to drum up public support for its electoral reform proposals in a bid to persuade some pan-democrats to endorse the package.

20 Apr 2015 - 12:25am 3 comments

Giving a voice to the silent majority

Democratic Party's Nelson Wong Sing-chi made an open appeal for a rethink for vetoing the reform proposal.

If politics is the art of compromise, parties in Hong Kong have apparently yet to master the skills. Years of bickering and hostility results in more than political discord. The landscape has become increasingly polarised amid an oversimplified dichotomy of pan-democrats versus Beijing loyalists. There is little room for those opting for a middle-of-the-road direction.

19 Apr 2015 - 6:51am 2 comments

Pan-democrats would not seek compromises in Beijing reform talks, says minister

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam says a meeting between lawmakers and Beijing will not be a negotiation or for testing each other's bottom line. Photo: Dickson Lee

A potential meeting between pan-democrats and central government officials would not be an occasion for negotiations on political reform, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said.

19 Apr 2015 - 6:01am 13 comments

Pan-democrats must show how political deadlock can be broken, says dissident in camp

Pan-democrats must show how political deadlock can be broken, says dissident in camp

Pan-democrats must explain how Hong Kong can achieve universal suffrage if they reject the government’s political reform package, a dissident within the pro-democracy camp said.

17 Apr 2015 - 5:29pm 32 comments

Capable and wise Hong Kong will settle political reform issue, says Premier Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang said the government had faith in "one country, two systems". Photo: AFP

Issues over Hong Kong’s political reform can be properly settled despite recent protests because the city’s government is capable and its residents are wise, Premier Li Keqiang said.

16 Apr 2015 - 5:35pm 8 comments

No room for last-minute compromise on reform, Carrie Lam tells pan-democrats

No room for last-minute compromise on reform, Carrie Lam tells pan-democrats

Pan-democrat lawmakers should be under “no illusion” that any last-minute changes would be made to the government’s reform proposal, the chief secretary said.

16 Apr 2015 - 12:35pm 31 comments

Basic Law clear on universal suffrage, says top Beijing official in Hong Kong

Zhang Xiaoming said consensus had been reached on universal suffrage when the Basic Law was drafted in the 1980s. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong should look back at the spirit of the Basic Law when handling issues involving universal suffrage for chief executive elections, Beijing’s representative in the city Zhang Xiaoming said.

15 Apr 2015 - 12:52pm 41 comments

Upbeat CY Leung ‘confident’ Hongkongers and Legco will back political reform proposal

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is confident that the Legislative Council will pass a bill on electoral reform. Photo: May Tse

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is confident that the soon-to-be unveiled political reform proposal, which will strictly follow Beijing’s August blueprint, will win public support and eventually be passed by the legislature.

15 Apr 2015 - 7:49am 13 comments

Chief executive hopefuls will only need 120 nominating committee votes

The entry barrier would be lower than that of the 2012 poll, when a candidate was required to secure at least 150 nominations from the 1,193-strong Election Committee. Photo: Sam Tsang

Those hoping to run for Hong Kong's top job in 2017 will need just 120 votes of support from members of a 1,200-strong nominating committee in order to qualify for consideration as candidates.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:05pm 27 comments

Hong Kong pan-democrat Ronny Tong considers future with moderates

Ronny Tong mulls future with moderates. Photo: Franke Tsang

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah tried to consolidate 'moderate power' in Hong Kong politics by convening a first meeting to explore how the city should proceed if political reform proposals are blocked.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:17am