Date
19 August 2017
Hong Kong's political reform was discussed at a National People's Congress session on Tuesday which was attended by Zhang Dejiang (inset), chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. Photo: CNS
Hong Kong's political reform was discussed at a National People's Congress session on Tuesday which was attended by Zhang Dejiang (inset), chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. Photo: CNS

Chief executive election framework to be unveiled today

Beijing is expected to unveil today the draft of the proposed process by which Hong Kong’s chief executive will be elected in 2017.

The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, reviewed the proposed framework for political reform on Tuesday, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday. 

Hong Kong’s deputies to the NPC will know first-hand what is in store.

Recent media reports said the proposal will stipulate that a candidate for the chief executive race must have the support of at least half of the members in the nomination committee and the number of candidates would be limited to three.

If that turns out to be the case, Occupy Central will launch its movement as soon as next month, Benny Tai, one of the organizers, said.

In the meeting on Tuesday which was attended by Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, participants suggested the committee agree with the proposal that the election in 2017 can be in the form of universal suffrage, the official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

However, Hong Kong’s pan-democrats are demanding universal suffrage that meets international standards.

Most of the Standing Committee members were said to show non-conceding positions on the nomination rule, according to Ming Pao.

Hong Kong legislator and NPC deputy Ma Fung-kwok said the nomination rule of 50 percent support for a candidate is reasonable and consistent with democratic process.

The meeting also reviewed a report submitted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

The report shows some people in Hong Kong are against the Basic Law and want a decision on the core issues regarding universal suffrage, Xinhua reported

But the meeting agreed the Basic Law must be strictly followed with any reform pushed forward prudently, Xinhua said.

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