The next chief executive can only be picked by a nominating committee and any other mechanism might be against the law, Apple Daily reported Tuesday, citing the Hong Kong Bar Association.
The association rejected the view that the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, does not prohibit the use of other selection methods such as civil nomination which allows the public to put forward a candidate.
Also, it said the selection committee could ensure diversity in the nominating process for the 2017 chief executive election by lowering the qualification threshold for candidates that have wide public support.
At the same time, the committee should avoid being merely a rubber stamp, the report quoted the group as saying.
Separately, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam said that although different political groups have their own proposals regarding the nominating process, these are not mutually exclusive.
Hong Kong people should come to an agreement in order to carry out political reform successfully, Lam was quoted as saying.
“It might need a little courage to try to reach an agreement,” Lam told the newspaper.
“Someone who gives in might be accused of betrayal but it would be a pity if we are not able to carry out universal suffrage because of those reasons.”
The Civil Human Rights Front said it will hold a rally on July 1 to fight for civil nomination and the abolition of functional constituencies, NOW TV reported.
Public consultation on political reform will end on Saturday.
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