10th April 2013
<Martin Lee Proposes Bottom-Line for HK Political Reform>
Martin Lee Chu-Ming, the Founding Chairman of the Democratic Party, proposes the “bottom-line” of Hong Kong’s political reform, saying he is willing to accept adapting the existing formulation process of the election committee for the 2017 Chief Executive election, in order to ensure the chances of pan-democrats being able to run for the CE election. He also pointed out that if the China government shows sincerity, they are willing to have a negotiation.
As the pan-democrats are preparing for Occupy Central and discussing a true democratic election that matches the international standard, Martin Lee Chu-Ming, the Founding Chairman of the Democratic Party, revealed his “bottom-line” proposal.
He said that given Qiao Xiaoyang said the nomination process and the number of candidates can be discussed, he’d proposed to have a nomination committee of 1,200 people (NOTE: same number of members as the existing committee), and each committee member will have one vote to select the nominees. A plurality-at-large system cannot be adapted to avoid the possibility of China government favoured candidate to have preponderant votes in the nomination process.
Commenting on the number of Chief Executive candidates running for election, Lee said there has to be at least 5 candidates. He estimated that in the past two Chief Executive elections (NOTE: note by universal suffrage, but elected by a group of around 600 and 1,200 Chinese selected committee members respectively in the past two elections), the pan-democrat candidates received over a hundred votes, with 5 spaces, at least one pan democrat can run for office.
Le added that if the China government is willing to discuss this “bottom line” proposal, the pan-democrats and the China government will be able to negotiate.
He emphasised that even if this “bottom line” is met, the Chief Executive election in Hong Kong is yet to be fair and representative election. In the long run, the public will have to fight for having a universal suffrage on electing the nomination committee.