‘Occupy Central’ poll ignores reality

Ho Lok-sang | 24 June 2014 | China Daily

News that the number of people who voted in the poll organized by the “Occupy Central” group had quickly attained over half a million, may surprise some observers. But this is entirely understandable in view of the belief, stirred up by the mass and social media, that Hong Kong people’s basic rights are under threat and that they need to defend them by voting in the “Occupy Central” poll.

It is unfortunate that Hong Kong people have a lack of understanding of the law. If they understood the importance of the Basic Law, they would not choose to arbitrarily deviate from it as do those who espouse civil nomination. If they understood that the Basic Law is binding for the central government, they would not believe that rejecting civil nomination was aimed at depriving Hong Kong people of their right to nominate a candidate of choice for election as Chief Executive.

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