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  • Feb 1, 2015
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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.

Pan-democrat Charles Mok hints at compromise on 2017 reform package - then retracts comments a few hours later

Charles Mok 'should have made stance clearer'. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The hothouse atmosphere of post-Occupy Hong Kong politics was brought into sharp focus when a moderate pan-democrat was forced to retract a statement offering the possibility of a compromise over political reform.

Sunday, 1 February, 2015, 5:03am 5 comments

The rotten buroughs that are the main stumbling block to reform

Ronny Tong Ka-wah has asked the government to vow to lower the nomination threshold for chief executive candidates in the 2022 poll and scrap the functional constituencies in the 2020 Legco election.

The devil is in the specifics. Moderate Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah had his finger on the matter when he asked the government to vow to lower the 50 per cent nomination threshold for chief executive candidates in the 2022 poll.

31 Jan 2015 - 6:58am 11 comments

Pro-democracy group brush off fears of Occupy style sit-in ahead of Hong Kong march

Civil Human Rights Front convenor Johnson Yeung said march organisers  “had no power to stop or control” what others planned to do. Photo: Sam Tsang

Civil Human Rights Front Protest organisers brushed off fears of an Occupy style sit-in as they admitted they are still some way short of recruiting 100 marshals for their pro-democracy march on Sunday.

30 Jan 2015 - 5:59pm 3 comments

Almost half of Hongkongers want lawmakers to vote down Beijing's electoral reforms: SCMP poll

About 46 per cent of the 907 respondents polled last week backed lawmakers in voting down the government proposal on how to elect the chief executive in 2017 if it is based on Beijing's restrictive framework. Photo: Nora Tam

Support for a pan-democratic threat to vote down electoral reforms tabled by the government in the legislature remained at just under half of the Hong Kong public.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:02am 61 comments

35pc of respondents in Hong Kong poll 'unhappy' with government's political reform proposals

35pc of respondents in Hong Kong poll 'unhappy' with government's political reform proposals

As many as 35 per cent of Hong Kong people are unhappy with the proposals laid out in the government document released earlier this month for a second round of public consultation on political reform, according to a poll.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:49am 2 comments

Basic Law expert Albert Chen tries to steer middle road on reform for Hong Kong chief executive election

Basic Law expert Albert Chen tries to steer middle road on reform for Hong Kong chief executive election

It's never easy to stand in the middle when it comes to politics - amid a sense that the conflict between the government and the pan-democrats is going nowhere.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:49am 2 comments

Bitterness will worsen in Hong Kong if political reform package is vetoed, warns Executive Council convenor

Pro-democracy legislators holding yellow umbrellas walk out of the  Legislative chamber to show their protest on January 7, 2015. Photo: AP

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong has warned "nothing will happen" and the bitterness over the failure to achieve universal suffrage will only worsen if pan-democrats veto the proposal for the 2017 chief executive election.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:11am 29 comments

Pan-democrats who abandoned confrontation could bag Hong Kong's top job: Albert Chen

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold umbrellas and banner to leave Legco chamber before Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his Policy address at Legco Building in Tamar on January 14, 2015. Photo: Sam Tsang

Pan-democrats who have given up confrontation in favour of a top government role are likely to be accepted by Beijing as 'patriots' suitable for Hong Kong's top job, an expert says.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:18pm 10 comments

Driving wedges in Hong Kong fails to move Beijing

The central government's prestige has now been invested in CY Leung completing his term and finishing the political reform task.

It's highly ironic that student activists, pan-democrats and their most hated business and ruling elites have all tried to isolate Leung Chun-ying and drive a wedge between the chief executive and Beijing.

19 Jan 2015 - 7:13am 8 comments

‘It’s better than nothing’: British Foreign Office backs Beijing’s reform framework for Hong Kong

‘It’s better than nothing’: British Foreign Office backs Beijing’s reform framework for Hong Kong

Britain’s Foreign Office believes China’s election reform framework for Hong Kong does offer a “genuine choice” in the city’s next chief executive election.

15 Jan 2015 - 6:02pm 30 comments

Lawmaker Albert Ho admits his surprise resignation not backed by Democratic Party

Albert Ho announced his decision to quit on Friday. Photo: Felix Wong

Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yun said his plan to resign from Legco to force a by-election - designed to trigger a "de-facto referendum" on political reform - has not yet been backed by his party.

15 Jan 2015 - 7:02pm 18 comments

An exercise in futility - or is this an opportunity to learn?

The government kicked off the second round of public consultation on universal suffrage for 2017. Photo: David Wong

Why bother doing something that is doomed to fail? That was the question many people were asking last week when the government kicked off the second round of public consultation on universal suffrage for 2017.

12 Jan 2015 - 4:49am 2 comments

Beijing 'won't be swayed' on HK's political reform even if Albert Ho triggers by-election

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says Albert Ho's plan is impractical - if not impossible.

Top government officials say lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan is on a mission impossible if he thinks he can hold Beijing to ransom by triggering a by-election.

11 Jan 2015 - 9:52am 16 comments

Albert Ho plans to quit ‘super seat’ and spark reform referendum

Ho expresses hope that the move would boost their fight for genuine universal suffrage. Photo: Felix Wong

Democratic Party heavyweight Albert Ho plans to quit his hard-earned "super seat" in the legislature to trigger a de facto referendum on constitutional reform after the expected rejection of the government's electoral proposal this summer.

15 Jan 2015 - 6:21pm 4 comments

Democrat Albert Ho will quit to spark de-facto Hong Kong political reform referendum

Albert Ho  demanded that the government relaunch the five-step political reform process. Photo: Felix Wong

Democratic Party heavyweight Albert Ho Chun-yan confirmed that he plans to resign from his “super lawmaker” seat to trigger a de-facto referendum on the city’s political reform.

9 Jan 2015 - 4:56pm 20 comments

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