Date
23 October 2017
The standing committee of China's parliament is expected to make a final decision Sunday on the process for the 2017 Hong Kong chief executive election. Photos: Xinhua, HKEJ
The standing committee of China's parliament is expected to make a final decision Sunday on the process for the 2017 Hong Kong chief executive election. Photos: Xinhua, HKEJ

NPC panel issues draft paper on Hong Kong CE election: report

The Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament, on Wednesday issued a draft document that requires candidates for the 2017 Hong Kong chief executive election to secure the support of at least half of the members of the nomination committee, RTHK reported, citing unnamed sources.

The draft also spelt out detailed requirements for universal suffrage in 2017, including a proposal that the nomination committee will be made up of members from four functional constituencies and that the number of candidates will be capped at two or three, according to the report. 

An official announcement will be published after the NPC standing committee makes a decision on the draft proposal Sunday.  

Alliance for True Democracy, a pro-democracy group comprising academics, will decide on its next step after the final decision by the NPC standing committee on Sunday, RTHK reported.

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, organizer of the group, said although the standing committee has already approved the electoral reform report submitted by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, they would hold off until an official announcement has been made by the standing committee on Aug. 31.

The report submitted by Leung did not “fully” reflect views of Hong Kong people, Cheng was quoted as saying.

“We are facing a tough situation at the moment,” Cheng said. But he declined to say how the group will respond if the standing committee approves the majority threshold for nomination.

The group has made different assessments based on the worst, medium and best possible scenarios, he said.

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