Hong Kong political reform consultation was dominated by ‘orchestrated’ responses

Calvin Liu, Brian Yap and Joyce Ng | 18 August 2014 | SCMP

The government’s consultation exercise on political reform was dominated by “orchestrated” bloc submissions, most of them favouring a conservative stance, a South China Morning Post study has revealed.

Summary:

  • More than 90% of 121,447 submissions to HK Gov electoral reform consultation were based on templates and submitted collectively by 822 groups- most of which were not named.
  • 80% of submissions to HK gov public consultation on electoral reform were made by unidentified groups using templates.
  • Pro-CCP DAB made 12.7% of submissions to HK gov electoral reform consultation, most nearly identical.
  • Unidentified groups & DAB are 92.7% of group submissions to HK consultation on electoral reform.

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On the Alliance for Peace and Democracy petition and 8/17 demonstration

Original published in OCLP website on 17 August 2014
Translation on 18 August 2014

We respect each and every citizen who voluntarily participated the signature campaign and demonstration, and also understand their worries.  We reiterate that occupying Central is only the last resort and, if happens, will definitely be peaceful and non-violent.  Just like the 2 July sit-in by 511 protestors at Chater Road, there will not be any confrontation with the police.  Continue reading

Democracy alliance chief urges unity to beat chief executive candidate screening

Tanna Chong | 11 May 2014 | SCMP

“Our core struggle is to fight off political screening in the 2017 chief executive election. Only unity can mobilise Hongkongers’ support, enabling us to exert pressure on Beijing and the government,”

Professor Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, the alliance’s convenor, said only unity could give the camp sufficient strength to bargain with Beijing.

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Hong Kong still seeking a middle ground on electoral reform

Jeffie Lam | 6 May 2014 | SCMP

“The views are still polarised,” said Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang, a Hong Kong Institute of Education political scientist, one of 18 academics who submitted a plan rejecting public nomination.

“Pan-democrats have been claiming the moral high ground to demand public nomination, whereas the government and Beijing loyalists have claimed the legal high ground to ban their ideas,” Fong said.

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Moderate reform doesn’t stand a chance at Occupy Central deliberation today

Jeffie Lam | 6 May 2014 | SCMP

Moderate proposals on electoral reform are expected to receive lukewarm support at Occupy Central’s third “deliberation day” today, held to select the most popular plans to be put to a citywide vote next month.

Instead, radical models that push for public nomination of chief executive hopefuls in 2017 are likely to triumph, given today’s event will be dominated by about 2,000 backers of the Occupy democracy drive, scholars say.

The three reform proposals to emerge out of 15 on the table will proceed to a June 20-22 electronic civil referendum, with the final choice receiving Occupy’s official endorsement.

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Law Society’s Ambrose Lam refuses to weigh in on chief executive debate

Tanna Chong | 6 May 2014 | SCMP

The solicitors’ professional body is staying silent on two key questions of political reform on which barristers have already stated their position.

Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung yesterday refused to comment on public recommendation – a process by which the public could put forward non-binding recommendations for 2017 chief executive candidates. He also described the question of a cap on the number of candidates as “a political wrestling match which I do not want to weigh into”, adding: “I do not want to make a comment on the number.”

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Radicals urge public nomination choice on ‘deliberation day’ referendum

Tanna Chong, Tony Cheung | 6 May 2014 | SCMP

Three proposals that push for public nomination of chief executive hopefuls in 2017, an idea already dismissed by Beijing, triumphed in Occupy Central’s third and final “deliberation day” yesterday in a vote on models for a citywide “referendum” on political reform.

Eight relatively moderate proposals, including suggestions by Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-Wah and former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang’s Hong Kong 2020 think tank, failed to make the cut.

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Civic Party insists on group session with liaison office director on political reform

Tanna Chong | 30 April 2014 | SCMP

The Civic Party will insist on meeting Beijing’s liaison office chief as a group to discuss electoral reform, despite differences with one of its six lawmakers over public nomination.

The decision was made at a party meeting yesterday after Dennis Kwok confirmed he had been the second Civic Party lawmaker after Dr Kwok Ka-ki to receive an individual invitation from the central government’s liaison office for talks.

It came after Ronny Tong Ka-wah – who has put forward his own proposal for the 2017 chief executive election that omits the public’s right to nominate candidates – dropped an earlier demand to meet office director Zhang Xiaoming alone or with pan-democrats who support his plan.

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(Cantonese) Panel Discussion on Hong Kong Basic Law and Civil Nomination

9 April 2014 | Center for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

In light of the current heated discussions on civil nominations and requirements of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, the CCPL is organising a Panel Discussion to serve as an impartial and organised platform for leading figures who have expressed views on this topic to explain their views. We aim to fully manifest the spirit of rational discourse, which the CCPL is committed to enhancing at this crucial stage of Hong Kong’s constitutional development.

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Event details, including another seminar (Cantonese) of the same series