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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.

Mainland China official says innovation can fail in talk on Hong Kong's Basic Law

Zhang Rongshun says Beijing strongly believes the Basic Law's innovative system could succeed. Photo: Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies

Any innovative system can fail, a top Beijing official said in reference to Hong Kong's Basic Law - before stressing that he strongly believed the "one country, two systems" principle would prove a success.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015, 10:50am 10 comments

No need for promises of more political reform, says top Beijing official

Zhang Rongshun says there is no need for Beijing to promise the election model can be changed after the package is passed.

There is no need for Beijing to promise that the election model for the chief executive could be amended beyond 2017 as this is already guaranteed by the Basic Law, mainland official on legal affairs Zhang Rongshun has said.

30 Mar 2015 - 7:53pm 14 comments

Hong Kong political reform blueprint will address future changes after 2017 poll, says Rimsky Yuen

Rimsky Yuen says the government is considering how to boost people's confidence on further reform.

Government officials are looking for ways to reassure the public that arrangements for the 2017 chief executive election can be improved for future polls if the reform package is approved.

29 Mar 2015 - 5:23am 3 comments

Will Carrie Lam's dream of political reform in Hong Kong come true?

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam distributes leaflets to promote the public consultation on political reform. Photo: SCMP

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said "even in my sleep, I dream of getting the reform proposal passed" by lawmakers - a mission that seems almost impossible.

23 Mar 2015 - 6:36am 7 comments

Legal scholar Albert Chen gives up on ‘blank vote’ proposal for political reform

Albert Chen wants the government to survey the public on whether lawmakers should veto the politcal reform package. Photo: David Wong

A prominent Hong Kong legal scholar says he will no longer push through a compromise proposal for the 2017 chief executive election after both pan-democrats and pro-Beijing figures poured cold water on it.

19 Mar 2015 - 10:36pm 6 comments

Don't let hatred of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying extend to his family problems

Leung Chun-ying and daughter Chai-yan. Photo: SCMP Pictures

How much is Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying loathed? The answer lies in the way some in the media are gleefully exploiting the latest Facebook postings by his troubled daughter Leung Chai-yan.

18 Mar 2015 - 5:42am 23 comments

Referendum on Hong Kong reform won’t break political deadlock, says DAB’s Starry Lee

Starry Lee (right) was commenting on a suggestion by University of Hong Kong pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu (left) that a referendum should be held so lawmakers could take it as a reference when voting. Photos: May Tse, Edward Wong

A referendum on the government’s political reform proposal will not help break the current impasse on the issue, an Executive Council member said today.

16 Mar 2015 - 6:15pm 9 comments

Hong Kong society becomes more divided on 2017 election, Chinese University poll finds

Current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Reuters

Society is becoming more divided over political reform, with a Chinese University poll showing a narrowing gap between those who accept a reform package for the 2017 chief executive election and those who reject it.

16 Mar 2015 - 6:01am 1 comment

Justice secretary and pan-democrat leader wary of political reform referendum

Justice secretary and pan-democrat leader wary of political reform referendum

The justice chief and a pro-establishment heavyweight yesterday poured cold water on an academic’s idea of holding a public vote on political reform, saying Hong Kong law has no provision for a referendum.

13 Mar 2015 - 4:12am 14 comments

Hong Kong's Liberal Party pushes for 2017 chief executive vote plan

Wang Guangya (left) and Tung Chee-hwa

Party chairman says Beijing not opposed to idea that Hongkongers could nominate candidates to committee by popular vote

12 Mar 2015 - 10:50am 4 comments

China angered as Martin Lee urges Canada’s MPs to back democracy in Hong Kong

Martin Lee Chu-ming waits to testify before the Canadian parliament's foreign affairs committee in Ottawa on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Veteran Hong Kong democracy campaigner appealed to lawmakers in Ottawa to stand with those in Hong Kong.

12 Mar 2015 - 1:08am 99 comments

Beijing official scraps Hong Kong trip after pan-democrats vow to veto reform proposal

Basic Law Committee chief Li Fei scraps HK visit as pan-dems pledge veto. Photo: David Wong

A visit by a mainland official to Hong Kong next month is off the table after he learned that 27 pan-democrats had signed a statement vowing to vote down the government's proposals for electoral reform.

11 Mar 2015 - 10:45am 21 comments

Pan-dems must reconsider 'veto'

Pan-democrats signed a joint declaration on the method for selecting the Chief Executive of Hong Kong by universal suffrage. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's democratic reform is moving into a crucial stage, with the long-awaited proposals due to be unveiled next month for a final vote in the legislature.

11 Mar 2015 - 9:36am 7 comments

Don't force us to choose sides on mainland shoppers

Police arrest a protester.

Whose side are you on - the protesters who turned violent against mainland shoppers on Sunday, or the shoppers who were verbally abused and had their wheeled suitcases kicked by the protesters?

11 Mar 2015 - 4:57am 17 comments

Solve discontent in Hong Kong by improving people’s livelihoods, urges New World chief

Henry Cheng Kar-shun, chairman of New World Development. Photo: Bruce Yan

New World chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun urged the government to continue “solving the people’s discontent by stimulating the economy and improving the people’s livelihood.”

10 Mar 2015 - 7:56pm 5 comments