Date
22 September 2017
Occupy Central is aiming to marshal at least 100,000 people for its upcoming referendum.  Photo: HKEJ
Occupy Central is aiming to marshal at least 100,000 people for its upcoming referendum. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy Central leaders may quit if voter target is not met

The three founders of Occupy Central Movement said they will consider stepping down as leaders of the Hong Kong civil disobedience movement if fewer than 100,000 people turn up for their June 20-22 referendum.

Co-founder Benny Tai said the movement would be a failure if the target is not met, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

However, he expects the upcoming exercise, which will be held over three days, to surpass the turnout in their Jan. 1 referendum which drew 60,000 people. 

Organizers of the unofficial plebiscite said there will be 15 polling centers and a number of mobile voting stations.

Voters will be asked to choose from among three options for public nomination of candidates for the 2017 chief executive election. The candidates will then be elected by universal suffrage.

In addition, organizers may ask voters if they will accept the government’s proposal for universal suffrage if it turns out to be less than what it is meant to be, co-founder Chan Kin-man was quoted as saying.

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