Date
20 August 2017
The result of the referendum organized by Occupy Central group last month is included in a report that will be submitted by the Hong Kong government to Beijing on electoral reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ
The result of the referendum organized by Occupy Central group last month is included in a report that will be submitted by the Hong Kong government to Beijing on electoral reform proposals. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy Central to act if Beijing rejects electoral reform

Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, one of the organizers of the Occupy Central movement, said the group can hold another civil referendum to let people vote on electoral reform proposals put forward by the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy activists if a civil nomination plan is rejected by central authorities in Beijing.

He also said the Hong Kong government has a responsibility to come up with an electoral method that meets international standards even if civil nomination is rejected by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC). If the administration fails in its task, Occupy Central will step up its protests, he said, according to Apple Daily.

The remarks came as Hong Kong’s political reform process on Tuesday takes the first of five steps, with the local administration submitting to Beijing a report that explains a need to amend the electoral methods related to the chief executive and legislative council (Legco) elections.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will also announce the same day another report that outlines the result from the first round of public consultation on the electoral reform. The announcement will be made at a special meeting of the Legco House Committee.

The two reports won’t set a definite tone on civil nomination. They will include both supporting and opposing opinions, along with the results of an unofficial referendum held by Occupy Central last month. But the reports will stress that the electoral process must abide by the Basic Law, and that a nominating committee is necessary for the chief executive election, Apple Daily cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying.

The NPC standing committee is expected to decide toward the end of August on the Hong Kong electoral reform proposals.

Civil Human Rights Front convenor Johnson Yeung warned of a large-scale civil disobedience movement if the central government does not approve civil nomination.

Student groups Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism have also said that they will launch non-cooperation acts such as boycotting classes and going on strike if civil nomination is rejected.

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