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    5 JUL 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Government’s bill to scrap the LegCo by-election

    News Content

    • After failing to reach a sufficient vote to get the controversial bill pass, the government announced yesterday to postpone the vote on the bill and promise to consult public for two months.
    • Chief Secretary Henry Tang who announced the government’s decision yesterday however said the consultation will be based on the government’s revised proposal unveiled last Tuesday. He insisted the government proposal was constitutional and legal, as well as reasonable and rational.
    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang still defended the bill, saying the public was strongly opposed to legislators resigning to trigger by-elections as a means to achieve so-called referendums.
    • A pan-democratic legislator, Lee Cheuk-yan criticized the consultation as a sham as it would be based on the government’s revised package.
    • Dr. Ma Ngok’s analysis is worth nothing. He believed the delay was aimed at avoiding undermining the prospects of government-friendly parties in Nov’s district council elections and next year’s legco election.

    Questions

    • Public can’t agree more on Lee Cheuk Yan’s comments on the delay. Although the government has postponed the legco vote on the bill, the two-month consultation would be based on the government’s revised proposal unveiled last Tuesday. It is biased consultation.
    • The government’s will is still strong. Ma’s point is worth pointing.
    • A tough war seems unavoidable.

     

     
    4 JUL 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Annual July 1 March

    News Content

    • Over two hundred thousands people turned out on the annual July 1 March last Friday to protest against the government’s controversial bill to scrap Legislative Council by-election.
    • Two groups of protesters – one led by People’s Power and another led by League of Social Democrats – staged sit-ins at Wanchai and Central respectively, jamming the traffic at the heart of the city after the march ended at 9.00 p.m.
    • Legislator Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan Wai-yip, Leung Kwok-hung, LSD chairman Andrew To and more than two hundred people were taken away by the police. They were later released, some of them were released on bail.

    Questions

    • It is the highest turnout since 2004, when over 500,000 people took to the street, mounting pressure onto the SAR government to shelve the controversial bill.
    • However, the SAR government’s response is disappointing, giving empty cliché to people’s voice.
    • The Police had used unnecessary force to insult the protestors.
    • People have spoken up. The government should scrap its controversial bill.

     

     
    30 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Government’s attempt to scrap the by-elections of legislative Council

    News Content

    • After the Bar Association issued the fourth warning against the government’s bill to scrap the Legislature by-elections, the Secretary for Justice Wong yan-lung and Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen lam Sui-lung made a legal defense on the revised proposal.
    • Wong insisted the revised proposal is in line with the Basic Law. Citing a Court of Final Appeal judgment, Wong insisted the government had the discretion to decide the method for filling the midterm vacancies in Legco.
    • Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen defended the revised proposal, urging public to support it.
    • However, 13 pro-government and independent legislators said they were still undecided on which way to vote.

    Questions

    • By simply asserting government’s discretion to decide the method for filling midterm vacancies in legco, Secretary for Justice failed to safeguard the public interest. He has disappointed the Hong Kong people.
    • It is wrong for Chief Executive to defend the proposal. He should withdraw the proposal.
     
    29 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category  

    Constitutional Development

    Issue 

    • Legislative Council

    News Content 

    • Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam gave details of a revised proposal for filling vacancies in the legislative council after meeting the members of a bills committee yesterday.
    • According to the revised proposal, the next candidate on the same list as the legislator who resigns, dies or is disqualified during his four-year term will get the seat.
    • If that person is not willing to take or is no longer qualified, or if no one else is on the list, then the seat will go to the candidate next in line in terms of the number of ballots their slate received in the election.
    • A By-election will be held only if the vacancy still cannot be filled.
    • Lam said the revised proposal will be able to withstand court challenges.

    Questions

    • The revised proposal still deprives people of the right to vote and be voted.
    • Lam insisted no public consultation will be conducted.

     

     
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