Date
17 August 2017
Anson Chan, convenor of Hong Kong 2020, says 77 percent of Hong Kong citizens hope to select the nomination committee themselves for electing the city’s top leader. Photo: RTHK
Anson Chan, convenor of Hong Kong 2020, says 77 percent of Hong Kong citizens hope to select the nomination committee themselves for electing the city’s top leader. Photo: RTHK

Most people against political screening of candidates, says poll

Sixty percent of respondents in a survey said the Legislative Council should veto any electoral reform that will screen out some candidates for the chief executive election due to their political stances, RTHK reported, citing a survey released on Monday.

Sixty-two percent of respondents do not accept “political screening” of candidates, according to the survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

About 77 percent of Hong Kong citizens hope to select the nomination committee themselves for electing the city’s top leader, said Anson Chan, convenor of Hong Kong 2020, a pro-democracy group.

The survey interviewed more than 820 people by phone randomly.

Over the past two weeks, Hong Kong government officials have been persuading the pan-democratic camp to support Beijing’s electoral reform proposal for Hong Kong, which may not be satisfactory for now but will improve later. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said democrats should “take it first” and finetune it step by step. 

However, democrats maintain a strong stance against Beijing’s proposal, which will be unveiled by the end of this month. 

Meanwhile, Chan and 23 pan-democrats, three organizers of the Occupy Central movement, Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming, Scholarism and other groups published a full-page advertisement in three local newspapers calling for genuine universal suffrage.

Ho Chun-yan, a Democratic Party lawmaker, said they hope to send the message that they won’t accept any “fake” universal suffrage proposal, and won’t give any vote for such a plan.

However, some RTHK listeners said local political talents and citizens’ knowledge of politics are at “kindergarten” level and, therefore, they should not push Beijing for universal suffrage, the report said.

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