Date
11 December 2017
Civil Party's Ronny Tong says Hong Kong people understand the importance of the nominating committee. Photo: Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
Civil Party's Ronny Tong says Hong Kong people understand the importance of the nominating committee. Photo: Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

Younger people reject nominating committee for CE candidates

Younger people don’t want candidates for Hong Kong’s next chief executive election to be picked by a nominating committee but a majority of their elders do, according to a survey.

About 48 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 reject the nominating committee compared with 55 percent of people 50 and above who favor it, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing the survey by the University of Hong Kong.     

Meanwhile, 47 percent of participants with college education or higher oppose the idea. Fifty-eight percent of those with primary education or lower support it.

The survey shows a growing number of Hong Kong people support nomination by a committee, with 51 percent backing the process, up from 44 percent in April last year.

Opponents fell to 28 percent from 35 percent in a sample of 1,000 people. The latest poll was done between May 14 and May 20.

The increased support for a nominating committee to pick the candidates for the 2017 chief executive election is due to internal bickering among pan-democrats and strong opposition from the Hong Kong government and the politically neutral bar association, Ivan Choy, an associate professor of government and public administration in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was quoted as saying.

Choy said the situation has led some rational citizens to support the committee.

Oscar Lai, a spokesperson of student activist group Scholarism, said the pan-democrat intramurals have created the impression that there is no consensus among them, according to he report.

Civil Party’s Ronny Tong said the survey result shows Hong Kong people understand the importance of the committee and have started to eschew proposals inconsistent with the Basic Law.

Also, the survey showed that 40 percent of young people and 58 percent of those 50 and above object to the “Occupy Central” movement, as do 53 percent of people with a primary school background or lower and 52 percent of those with college education or higher.

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