The pro-Beijing New People’s Party has proposed that the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), the student group leading the pro-democracy protest, should be given places on the nominating committee that will choose the candidates for chief executive in the 2017 election, RTHK reported.
Regina Ip, the party’s chairwoman, said the committee should include members representing young people and women, while the number of voters from the agriculture and fisheries sector, which already has 60 seats, could be cut back.
Students have decided to take to the streets to express their views because they have no direct voice in electoral process, NPP deputy chairman Tien Puk-sun said. Therefore, the government should consider allowing them to join the committee, he said.
The proposal, if adopted, will “significantly” enhance the democratic base of the nominating committee, Ip said.
“HKFS has a long history and is widely recognized, and their officers have been elected,” she said, “while members of Scholarism are mostly secondary school students who are below 18 and have not come through an election.”
Ip urged the government to launch a second round of consultation on political reform as soon as possible, with the discussion focusing on the screening procedures and voting system.
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