Date
25 March 2017
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said she will lead a series of district-level visits to promote the government's political reform proposal. Photo: HKEJ
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said she will lead a series of district-level visits to promote the government's political reform proposal. Photo: HKEJ

Govt to go all out in promoting political reform package

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said she will lead a series of district-level visits starting next week to promote the government’s political reform proposal, which will be launched on Wednesday. 

Lam said public opinion could play a decisive role at a critical moment in the government’s bid to roll out universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election under the framework set by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Aug. 31 last year, Metro reported on Monday.

Sources said police have set up special task forces in anticipation of protests that might be held against Lam’s promotional activities.

The Civil Human Rights Front said it has no plans to disrupt the government’s promotional campaign, but will hold its own activities to show to the public that the government proposal will only offer “pseudo-universal suffrage”.

Lam said during her planned visits to the districts, she will try to convince the public not only to support the political reform package but also express their views to their representatives in the Legislative Council. Legco will vote to accept or reject the government’s electoral reform plan.

Lam said she hopes the planned dialogs with the public could be conducted in a peaceful setting as she called for those with different opinions not to obstruct the government’s promotional efforts.

Democratic Party chairperson Emily Lau said she hopes the government will not engage in a monologue in those public meetings.

The pro-establishment Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said the group would assist the government in the effort by helping organize large-scale meetings and signature campaigns.

Starry Lee, chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said it is only reasonable for the government to promote its political reform proposal, otherwise it would not be fulfilling its duties.

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