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    Category

       Constitutional Development

    Issue

    • Electoral methods of Legislative Council and Chief Executive in 2012

    News Content

    • The means of selecting the chief executive and Legislative Council in 2012 were proposed by the government last Saturday.
    • CE: Election Committee will be expanded from 800 to 1,200.
    • CE: elected district councilors choose 117 representatives on the committee, up from 42 seats but means of selecting is block voting.
    • LegCo: each slate of candidates for the five new seats in the district functional constituency is to be allowed to spend HK$6million on campaign
    • LegCo: candidates for the five new seats in the district council functional constituency seats in the Legislative Council in 2012 would need to secure the nominations of 15 elected district councilors, 5 nominations up from the current 10.
    • LegCo: the eligibility of the new seats in the district council functional constituency would be restricted to serving elected district councilors.
    • LegCo: the new five seats should be elected by proportional representation, with Hong Kong as one single constituency.

    Questions

    • CE: Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong said a big political party could easily control the 117 seats, making it close to the 150 nominations needed to field a candidate in the next election for chief executive.
    • Backgrounder: the DAB won 115 of the 405 elected seats in the 2007 district election while the Democratic Party won 59 seats.
    • LegCo: Is it a fair election? Each slate of candidates of the five new seats in the district functional constituency can spend up to HK6 million on campaigning. Half of it can be subsidized by the government if the candidate secures at least 5% of valid votes in their constituency. It means candidate can spend up to HK$3million for the campaign, that is, a lot for an average people but a penny for the riches, posing potential barrier for ordinary people to join the election or undercutting their right to be elected.
    • LegCo: The government’s proposal seems to tighten the right to stand, as the threshold for the nominations for the five new seats in the district council functional constituency in the Legco is raised from current 10 to 15.
    • LegCo: The new five legislators selected from one single constituency instead of five geographical constituencies may have a greater mandate, increasing the resistance to the final abolition of functional constituencies.