Date
23 September 2017
The votes are in for the Occupy Central poll on the nomination process for the chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ
The votes are in for the Occupy Central poll on the nomination process for the chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ

787,000 vote in Occupy Central poll

Voting closed Sunday in Occupy Central’s 10-day mock referendum with 88 percent of the 787,000 respondents saying they would oppose any government proposal for the 2017 chief executive election that did not comply with international standards, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

A nomination proposal from the Alliance for True Democracy gained the most support, attracting 331,000 votes, or 42 percent of the total. The submission called for a “three-track” nomination system. A joint proposal by Scholarism and the Federation of Students was second on 302,000 votes.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said Sunday afternoon that it is very difficult to offer a legal proposal that the public will consider.

The government said Sunday night before the results were released that the poll is not legally binding but it respects the people’s right of expression.

Robert Chung, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme, said Hong Kong people have made history by turning out in such a high number.

Occupy Central Movement co-founder Benny Tai said he was pleased with the results, adding that a second vote can be held if the government rolls out a new proposal that meets international standards. Otherwise, Tai’s team will go ahead with plans to occupy Central. 

Movement co-founder Chan Kin-man said it is the government’s responsibility to offer people a solution that is constitutional and addresses the needs of the public. Chan said he hopes all those who voted will take part in the July 1 march.

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