Chief Executive: Allowing Foreign Passport Permanent Residents to Vote is Rare in the World

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26th August, 2014

Chief Executive: Allowing Foreign Passport Permanent Residents to Vote is Rare in the World

梁振英:港容外籍永久居民投票國際罕見 (with video)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stressed that there is no international standard when it comes to electoral system. He also pointed out that Hong Kong currently allowing foreign permanent residents in Hong Kong (permanent residents in Hong Kong who hold passports of other countries) to vote is rare in the international arena. Leung also criticised Benny Tia Yiu-ting, conveyor of Occupy Central, for imposing negative effect on the progress of achieving universal suffrage.

Leung also mentioned in his speech that the words “international standard” were not included in the Basic Law, and in fact there are lots of things within the current electoral system that do not meet international standard.

He stressed that (China’s) Central Government wholeheartedly wants to achieve universal suffrage in the 2017 Chief Executive election, and hoped that after the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee makes a decision on the political reform proposal, all of Hong Kong will support the realisation of electing Chief Executive via universal suffrage based on the Basic Law and the public will express their opinions via peaceful and lawful means.

Source: Passion Times

Direct quotes from the video:

Leung: “Over the past 18 months, the actions and speeches of Mr Benny Tai Yiu-ting and other conveyors of Occupy Central, a movement that will occupy Central for a long period of time and paralysed the financial and political centre of Hong Kong, are counter-productive to achieving universal suffrage based on the Basic Law and according to (China’s) Central Government’s decision.”

Anchor: “Leung also said that the words “international standard” were not mentioned in Basic Law. In fact, Hong Kong’s current election system does not fulfil international standard at present.”

Leung: “If the 2017 Chief Executive election has to meet ‘international standard’, does that mean that we have to stripped the rights to vote from the foreigners and the ones who have foreign citizenship amongst the five millions eligible voters in Hong Kong?”

Leung: “after choosing the Chief Executive via election, the winning candidate will have to be appointed by the (Chinese) Central Government. This process is rare in the international arena.”



7 responses to “Chief Executive: Allowing Foreign Passport Permanent Residents to Vote is Rare in the World

  1. I would like to hold a Hong Kong passport. I have lived here for nearly 30 years, my children were born here but I cannot as I am not ethnically Chinese. Please explain.

    • This is a question many ask, and it is something that many of us see as discrimination – in fact, many ethnic Chinese Hongkongers are angry and frustrated about this.
      This is unjust to many of us. We hope one day this problem will be resolved.

  2. Voting by foreign citizens is not unknown elsewhere in the world. British and Irish citizens are eligible to vote in each other’s elections if resident in the country. Commonwealth and European Union citizens resident in the UK can vote in local elections there.

    • It’s certainly true that non-citizen voting occurs in the UK and Ireland. However, Would you regard non-citizen voting as the international standard? If so, do you consider the US to be violating such standard by prohibiting non-citizen voting?

      I disagree with DPRK-style elections as much as the next guy, but what you have said is his point exactly.

  3. Shame on you North China. Trying to annex our Hong Kong state like you did to Canton (Guandong) and Taiwan. We are real chinese. You are Manchu people. Go back to where you came from.

  4. No other country has one country two systems either. Why did China promise Hong Kong highest autonomy and now withdraw it? Nobody asked China to get Hong Kong people one country two systems. Deng Xiao Ping invented it.

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