Date
21 August 2017
The pan-democrats say they will reject any electoral reform proposals that fail to meet international standards. Photo: RTHK
The pan-democrats say they will reject any electoral reform proposals that fail to meet international standards. Photo: RTHK

26 pan-democrats state electoral reform bottom line in pact

Twenty-six pan-democratic lawmakers have signed a joint declaration vowing to reject any electoral reform proposals that fail to meet international standards, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

Frederick Fung Kin-kee said international standards serve as a metric and the declaration is aimed at laying out the same metrics for any proposals.

“We hope to solemnly express our views to Hong Kong citizens,” said Fung, of the Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood.

Legislator Wong Yuk-man is the only pan-democratic lawmaker who did not sign the joint declaration but that is simply because the group could not reach him, Fung said.

One of the signatories, Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, said Hong Kong should not accept a proposal that only promises “one person, one vote” but screens out popular candidates.

The Democratic Party’s Albert Ho Chun-yan said their bottom line is that the nomination process for the chief executive election must exclude any screening of candidates, the report said.

The pan-democrats’ joint declaration has come under criticism.

Wong Kwok-kin, chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, said their move is “ridiculous”.

He said there is no clearly defined international standards but the pan-democrats have drawn their own conclusion.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will meet to discuss electoral reform next week but the meeting is unlikely to put forward any specific proposals, Wong said.

Instead, the meeting will focus on general principles such as how to define “love Hong Kong and love China” and the nomination committee.

Beijing could reserve the right not to approve the chief executive elected by Hongkongers and a veto could deliver serious political shock for the city, he said.

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