Universal Suffrage Provided by Scholarism

Topics: Hong Kong, Politics of Hong Kong, Elections Pages: 3 (800 words) Published: March 25, 2014
Introduction:
We choose the proposal of universal suffrage provided by Scholarism. This proposal advocate that nomination committee of universal suffrage should be formed by three and a half million voters. This method of nomination is more broadly representative than now which only need one over eight of nominating committees. Moreover, this proposal can reduce expenses of committee election because it accords with article 45 in the basic law – broadly representative nominating committees.

Historical background of universal suffrage:
Basic Law explains on universal suffrage and selecting Chief Executive. In article 45, it mentioned that “ The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government. The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress.” Moreover, in accordance with the Basic Law and the interpretation of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (SCNPC) in April 2004, there is a “five-step mechanism” for amending electoral methods. By following it and considering the report submitted by the Chief Executive, SCNPC will promulgated a timetable for possible universal suffrage for the Chief Executive in 2017 and all the members of the Legislative Council in 2020. In order to achieve the above planning, there are several proposals suggested by different social groups now.

Current proposals that being suggested:
There are several proposals suggested by distinct social groups. For example, Alliance of True Democracy, Albert Chen Hung Yee – member of the Basic Law Committee and Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, Ronny Tong Ka-wah - the current member of Legco, suggested different proposals to discuss. But among all of these, the...
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