Date
24 November 2017
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, with Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam, is set to unveil the results of government consultations on political reform on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, with Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam, is set to unveil the results of government consultations on political reform on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Political reform process to kick off Tuesday

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will submit a proposal to the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Tuesday to reform the chief executive election in 2017, as the first of a five-stage political reform for Hong Kong, according to a statement on the government website on Thursday.

On the same day, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam is scheduled to attend a Legislative Council meeting to report on the results of the first round of consultations conducted by the government on electoral reform.

Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, said he believes public views as reflected from recent events could still be drafted into the report to the NPC. Tam, however, admitted that it is impossible for the chief executive to include the public nomination element in his report, as it is against the Basic Law.

Frederick Fung, chairman of Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood (ADPL), said the government must include the voting results of the mock poll conducted by the Occupy Central movement and the views of the July 1 marchers.

Albert Ho from the Democratic Party said the government’s sudden decision to announce the results of the consultation in a matter of days is unacceptable.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students’ Lester Shum said they see end-August as the most likely period for launching their planned civil disobedience activity, as the NPC will probably announce a decision on the framework of Hong Kong’s political reform next month.

Occupying Central is just one of the means, Shum was quoted as saying in a Ming Pao report on Friday, adding that his group may initiate other activities, such as blocking roads or even staging strikes.

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