Date
28 June 2017
Questioning the basis for the second phase of public consultation on political reform, student leader Yvonne Leung has sought a judicial review. Photo: RTHK
Questioning the basis for the second phase of public consultation on political reform, student leader Yvonne Leung has sought a judicial review. Photo: RTHK

Student leader seeks judicial review on electoral reform

Yvonne Leung, a standing committee member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, has lodged an application in the High Court for a judicial review on the second round of consultation on constitutional reform.

Leung filed the application in her personal capacity, seeking a restart of the consultation. 

The student leader argues that the current consultation was based on an unlawful ground provided by the proposal of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Aug. 31 last year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The proposal has violated the Basic Law that confines the role of the NPC’s standing committee in the five steps of the reform, Leung says.

She called on the judiciary to give further instructions on how the whole consultation process should be restarted.

Leung will seek legal if her petition is approved for hearing in the court.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, meanwhile, reiterated that the procedures of the consultation are in compliance with existing constitutional frameworks. 

The government will unveil an electoral reform proposal next month after the closure of the ongoing consultation, she said.

Translation by Vey Wong

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