Voting Systems

Real democracy? It's all about a sense of proportion

You can always rely on the Americans to do the right thing, Winston Churchill was famously quoted as saying, once they have exhausted every other possibility.

Monday, 27 December, 2010, 12:00am

'Super-lawmakers' to wield enormous power

Cheered on by thousands of supporters at the polling stations, the five candidates are proclaimed winners of the new super-district council seats in the legislature.

Having received 330,000-plus votes each, they claim the biggest mandate ever achieved and vow to turn the chief executive into a lame duck for the remainder of his term.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Tougher choices for voters in 2012

Choosing whom to vote for may become a lot more complex in the 2012 Legislative Council elections, but it seems unlikely major changes will take place.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Fresh faces

Political parties in Hong Kong still have a short history. Their leadership successions have, so far, been intra-generational. From the early elections in the mid-1980s through to today, a substantial proportion of voters can more strongly identify with politicians than political parties. Their electoral choices are therefore based on personalities.

7 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Divide then conquer

The political parties are finalising their lineup of candidates for the Legislative Council election in September.

11 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The cost of split votes

Although campaigning for next month's Legislative Council election has only just got underway, there are already calls for a review of the proportional representation system for the geographical constituencies.

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Voting system

Is Hong Kong's voting system fair to all? The party-list proportional voting system will be used in September's Legco elections. Introduced in 1998, it replaced a first-past-the-post system. Should it be reviewed? Write to us.

29 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Complex voting system requires review

The first week of the election campaign has been dominated not by the issues but by tactics and strategies. For this, we have our complicated voting system to blame. With political reform now on the agenda, it is time to consider a change.

28 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Students are left off ballot papers in Beijing

Independents defiant after the district election commission fails to approve them

Students running in Beijing's district congress elections will not be included on the official ballots because they have not been approved by the district election commission.

3 Dec 2003 - 12:00am


Jobless recovery

A six-month low in the unemployment rate of 8 per cent is but a tentative first step when we look back just 12 months ago and find that Hong Kong was suffering then a historically high rate of 7.3 per cent ('Jobless rate falls to 6-month low of 8pc', November 18).

25 Nov 2003 - 12:00am


Danny Gittings, with his usual bias ('Inside Track' column, Sunday Morning Post, August 27), is quite wrong to say that introducing proportional representation was gerrymandering. If he knows anything about political systems, he must be aware that the first-past-the-post system has long been recognised as unfair, both to voters and political parties.

10 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Candidate profiles on the Web

Voters can access colour pictures and the platforms of election candidates via the Internet.

On the Government's election Web page, launched yesterday, platforms designed by candidates for the geographical constituencies, functional constituencies and the Election Committee are available to the public.

9 May 1998 - 12:00am

Change the system

It is no secret that the SAR's first electoral system, open and transparent though it may be, is still full of flaws. A considerable section of the electorate feels dissatisfied with the general concept of the ballot and with the way the legislative seats have been divided up.

14 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Poll change hints spark concern

A SENIOR official's admission just weeks before the Legco election that changes could be studied to voting methods after the poll has provoked a wave of criticism.

12 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Logical view

Ronald Arculli says (South China Morning Post, September 25) that it is 'strange' that critics of the voting system for next year's Legco elections believe proportional representation 'is unacceptable for 20 seats but acceptable for 60 seats'.

I happen to be one of those who thinks this position is actually quite sensible.

30 Sep 1997 - 12:00am