Date
24 March 2017
Zhang Rongshun (inset) said it is not feasible to abolish corporate voting for members of the Nominating Committee in the 2017 election for chief executive. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
Zhang Rongshun (inset) said it is not feasible to abolish corporate voting for members of the Nominating Committee in the 2017 election for chief executive. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Senior official rules out replacing corporate voting

Zhang Rongshun said the idea of replacing corporate voting with individual voting for Nomination Committee members in the 2017 election is not feasible, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

The vice chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s Basic Law Committee contradicted Peking University law professor Rao Geping, who said Saturday that corporate voting could be abolished if the Legislative Council approved the government’s reform package.

Zhang was meeting with members of the pro-establishment camp during a seminar in Shenzhen on political reform in Hong Kong.

Executive Council member Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said after the meeting that Zhang said changing corporate voting to individual voting would altogether alter the nature of the nomination committee.

He stressed that the NPC’s proposal is democratic, open, equal and fair, Ip said.

Zhang, who did not take any questions during the seminar, which ran for more than two hours, said the pan-democrats who are against the proposal have their minds trapped in a dead-end street.

He said Hong Kong has been overtaken by Guangzhou and Shenzhen as political tensions and unnecessary debates have hindered its economic growth.

Holden Chow Ho-ding, vice chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said Zhang noted that there are two types of pan-democrats, those who are seeking to turn Hong Kong into an independent political entity, and those who have demands for political reform.

When Zhang was asked what the criteria should be for a chief executive nominee, he said people should clearly distinguish between the two, Chow said.

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