Pan-democratic lawmakers slammed the government for “intentionally” playing down public demand for public nomination of the chief executive candidates in its report on electoral reform, RTHK reported on Tuesday.
The report submitted by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to the Legislative Council only mentioned “quite a number” or “some” were calling for public nomination, without saying that over 700,000 people took part in Occupy Central’s unofficial referendum on the issue and more than half a million people joined the July 1 march, lawmaker Joseph Lee was quoted as saying.
Lee also suggested that the nominating right, election right and right to stand for election should all be respected, while the functional constituencies of the Legislative Council should be scrapped, the report said.
Responding to Lee’s remarks, Lam said the report has also included the call for popular nomination after the consultation wrapped up on May 3. There are different ways to handle nominating right, election right and right to stand for election in different regions, and it’s “feasible” to remove unreasonable limits for the right to stand for election, she added.
Leung Yiu-chung, a member of the pro-labor Neighbourhood Workers Service Centre, said the government report ignored some views, particularly the demand by the pan-democratic camp for popular nomination.
Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the report has indicated “limited room” for popular or party nomination, while underlining that the future leader must love Hong Kong and the country.
Therefore, the report might prompt some student groups to launch Occupy Central before the National People’s Congress makes a final decision, Choy added.
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