Alliance for True Democracy
2017 Chief Executive Election – Initial Views For Consultation
- The Chief Executive will be elected by one-man, one-vote in 2017. The election system must guarantee a voter’s free and fair right to vote, to be elected and to nominate.
- Not to accept any “preliminary election”, “screening” mechanism in the official nomination process. The right to vote, to be elected and to nominate will not be affected by race, skin colour, language, religion, political or other stances, or other factors including social origin and asset worth. There should not be candidacy conditions that come with no objective definitions (such as “Love China, love Hong Kong” and “No confrontations with Beijing”), as a voter can decide for himself upon voting).
- Article 45 in the Basic Law stipulates “a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures”. We fight for a broadly representative nominating committee to be formed via one-man, one-vote by Hong Kong voters. The requirement for a nominating committee fails to ensure Chief Executive nominations will comply with free and fair democratic principles, and should be scrapped in the long term.
- i/ Any candidate who gets 1/8 votes from the nominating committee enters the election-by-universal-suffrage phase. Under no circumstances should a candidate be required to get nominations from any designated sector or all sectors.
ii/ Members of the nominating committee can only nominate once; and no limits set for the number of candidates.
iii/ A candidate should submit no more than 1/6 nominations from the nominating committee, to guarantee chances for other candidates.
- A Chief Executive candidate can also acquire official candidacy through the following procedure:
- Nomination via joint signatures by a set proportion of voters, which is then verified and endorsed by the nominating committee.
- The Chief Executive election by universal suffrage carries two rounds of voting. Any candidate who gets more than half of the votes in the first round makes Chief Executive; or the two candidates who get the most votes in the first round get into the second round, with the majority the winner.
- Allows the Chief Executive to have a political party background.