The Hong Kong government should prepare for the second phase of political reform consultation by coming up with another proposal on reforming the electoral committee, if the framework that was announced by Beijing on August 31 is rejected by the city’s lawmakers, said Alan Hoo, chairman of the Basic Law Institute.
Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee agreed with Hoo’s view, saying that if the universal suffrage model outlined by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee is rejected, there can still be an improved electoral committee in 2017, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
But he believes rules such as the number of committee members and four nominating sectors will not be changed.
Chen said new proposals for universal suffrage should include ways to improve the electoral committee to ensure greater public representation.
Earlier, he had suggested that the government should set up an independent organization to survey public opinion and invite eminent persons such as retired judges into the organization, the report noted.
If some political reform proposal is supported by the public but not the Legislative Council, the Chief Executive can dismiss the council and call for re-election, which would conform to the genuine universal suffrage that democratic supporters want.
In other comments, Chen said the government should study and make a decision as to whether Article 50 in the Basic Law is meeting the needs of the city.
Article 50 discusses constitutional arrangements for resolution of conflicts between the executive and legislative authorities.
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