19 MAR 2014
Alliance for True Democracy Releases Its Legislative Council Election Plan
The Alliance for True Democracy (ATD) releases its Legislative Council Election Plan today (19 MAR 2014) demanding universal suffrage for the election of all seats in the Legislative Council. Citizens may download it from http://www.atd.hk/en/?p=187.
In the ATD’s Plan, total number of seats in the Legislative Council remains 70. 35 seats will be elected under the single-seat constituency first-past-the-post system, 35 seats will be elected by proportional representation, with the whole of Hong Kong as one constituency, adopting the d’ Hondt formula. All Functional Constituency seats, including those of District Council (II), will be abolished. ATD believes that the single-seat constituency first-past-the-post system is easy to understand, and currently adopted by District Council elections. In the 2012 Legislative Council elections, the District Council (II) elections already adopted proportional representation with the whole of Hong Kong as one constituency. This is not new to Hong Kong people. ATD believes that the mixed-mode election system may facilitate the Legislative Council to achieve a balance on both territory-wide and electoral district issues.
Based on the suggestions of its academic panel, ATD also releases its “Transitional Plan for the 2016 Legislative Council Election”. This proposal retains the current 35 seats in Geographical Constituencies, adopting the d’ Hondt formula; and the number of Functional Constituency seats is reduced to 20. The seats reduced shall be replaced by 15 seats elected by proportional representation with the whole of Hong Kong as one single constituency, adopting the d’ Hondt formula. ATD demands the abolition of District Council (II) seats, and the grouping of the other 30 Functional Constituency seats into three large constituencies. Split voting should be abolished. ATD emphasizes that this proposal is only for the Legislative Council elections in 2016, elections by universal suffrage should be implemented no later than 2020.