Pro-Democracy Update: Back to the Drawing Board for Hong Kong Election Reform?Posted: September 1, 2014
WSJ’s Jeffrey Ng reports: Beijing’s plans to allow Hong Kong people to elect their next leader—albeit only from among prescreened candidates and effectively denying an open vote—will need approval of two-thirds of the city’s 70-member strong legislature.
What happens if the reform package gets voted down?
By constituting a bloc of more than a third, the city’s 27 pro-democratic legislators hold the veto on any such plans. On Monday, these legislators voiced their disapproval by interrupting a speech by a senior Chinese official, chanting slogans while holding up banners condemning China’s decision as “shameful,” before storming out of a briefing session on political reform.
In August, 26 of these lawmakers pledged that they would vote down any reform proposal for the election of the chief executive in 2017 that didn’t provide what they term as genuine choice for voters.
What happens, then, if the reform package gets voted down?
There will be no universal suffrage – or one-person-one-vote system — in any shape or form, says Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, the nation’s rubber-stamp legislature…(read more)
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