Date
23 August 2017
Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai (left) and members of the Democratic Party have agreed to take the matter to the people if a revised government proposal on electoral reform falls short of expectations. Photo: HKEJ
Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai (left) and members of the Democratic Party have agreed to take the matter to the people if a revised government proposal on electoral reform falls short of expectations. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy Central seeks last-ditch talks on poll reform

Occupy Central has requested a meeting with Hong Kong government representatives to discuss its political reform proposal before a final decision is made by the central government in Beijing.

Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, a leader of the civil disobedience movement, said the group will launch mass action if the government ignores their request, Apple Daily reported Friday.

On Thursday night, Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai met members of the Democratic Party to discuss strategy.

They agreed that if a revised government proposal fails to meet international standards, they will take the matter to the people and organize a mass protest.

Details of the mass action are yet to be decided but reports said it might involve dumping thousands of unused ballots from the June 22 mock referendum on government offices.  

The central government is expected to announce its decision on Hong Kong’s electoral reform as soon as August during the National People’s Congress.

On Monday, Chief Secretay Carrie Lam, Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen and Constitutional and Mainland Affairs chief Raymond Tam will attend a meeting of the constitutional affairs panel of the Legislative Council to answer questions from legislators. 

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