Date
15 December 2017
Occupy Central participants consider electoral reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ
Occupy Central participants consider electoral reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy Central sets failure threshold for June 22 poll

At least 100,000 voters will need to turn out for Occupy Central’s June 22 poll for the exercise to carry public weight, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing former People Power chairman Christopher Lau, Scholarism co-founder Joshua Wong and City University politics professor Joseph Cheng.

The trio agreed that the vote would be a failure if fewer than 100,000 people took part and they would have to rethink the direction of the Occupy Central campaign.

On May 6, 2,600 participants in the movement considered various political reform suggestions for the 2017 chief executive election, giving the greatest support to proposals from the education sector, the Alliance for True Democracy and People Power.

Movement co-founder Benny Tai said the public could simply opt not to vote on June 22 if they are not happy with the three proposals on the table.

Cheng said the vote is unlikely to attract members of the establishment camp because the central government is very sensitive to the idea of universal suffrage.

An electronic poll is scheduled for June 20 to 22, while people will be able to vote in person on June 22, the report said.

– Contact us at [email protected]

EL/AC/SK

 

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe