Chinese authorities are exploring ways to address the public discontent in Hong Kong over the city’s electoral reforms package, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Advisers and officials in Beijing are focusing on the nominating committee that will select candidates for the 2017 chief executive election, the source was quoted as saying.
They are considering adjusting the panel’s makeup to better represent the city’s population, in particular the pro-democracy camp, while still giving Beijing control of the election process, according to the report.
The move comes as protesters have camped out on Hong Kong streets since late September, calling on Beijing to allow open nomination of election candidates and ensure genuine universal suffrage.
China’s National People’s Congress announced in late August that candidates running for Hong Kong chief executive election in 2017 must be vetted by a nominating committee.
As the nominating committee is dominated by pro-business and pro-Beijing groups, protesters argue that it won’t ensure a truly open and representative election.
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