Date
12 December 2017
'Occupy Central' organizers hold a mock voting exercise ahead of a planned civil referendum on the nomination methods for Hong Kong's 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ
'Occupy Central' organizers hold a mock voting exercise ahead of a planned civil referendum on the nomination methods for Hong Kong's 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ

Mock voting shows big support for public nomination for CE poll

Organizers of the “Occupy Central Movement” civil disobedience campaign scheduled for July have staged a mock voting exercise on Sunday, in rehearsal for a civil referendum to be held on June 22 to illustrate Hong Kong people’s preferences on the candidate nomination methods for the 2017 Chief Executive election.

Around 100 people participated in the mock voting exercise, with nearly 80 percent of the voters supporting a proposal put forward by the education sector which will allow public nomination, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.

Organizer of the movement, Benny Tai, said the result of the mock voting has been predictable, as most of the voters were from the pro-democracy camp. However, he said he would like to see a greater level of diversity in the poll outcomes.

Tai’s group will hold a discussion session on Tuesday and will vote for the top three election methods out of the 15 that are available now, for the public voting on June 22.

Tai added that there is no fixed timeline for the Occupy Central Movement, as it will depend on the government’s response on the electoral method.

Financial Secretary John Tsang wrote on his online blog that it is worrying that some of the relatively extreme opinions in the universal suffrage debate are not just bargaining tactics, but rather look like giving an impression that they would never back down.

Legislator Alan Leong, a member of the Alliance for True Democracy, said Tsang was stirring up conflict unnecessarily by branding the people as not willing to negotiate, even before the discussions have begun.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the government will consolidate the tens of thousands of suggestions collected during the public consultation period for the Chief Executive election to prepare a report to to the central government, the report said.

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