19 MAR 2014 ATD Releases Its Legislative Council Election Plan

Press Release
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.

Download the Legislative Council Election Plan of the Alliance for True Democracy (pdf)

8 JAN 2014 Alliance for True Democracy Releases Its Chief Executive Election Plan

Press Release
8 JAN 2014

Alliance for True Democracy Releases Its Chief Executive Election Plan

The Alliance for True Democracy (ATD) releases its Chief Executive Election Plan today in its fight for universal suffrage and true democracy in Hong Kong. Citizens may download it on http://www.atd.hk/en/?p=174.

ATD’s Election Plan includes three channels for nomination: civil nomination, political party nomination, and nomination by the nominating committee. Civil nomination demands a candidate to secure the signed endorsement of 1% of the registered voters; political party nomination requires a political party receiving 5% or more of the total valid votes in the last Legislative Council direct election. The nominating committee shall not refuse to endorse any civil and political party nominees who meet the legal requirements, such as not less than 40 years old, has no right of abode in any foreign country; political conditions such as “love China, love Hong Kong” and “no confrontations with Beijing” are not acceptable. ATD also demands the abolition of the existing stipulation which disallows the Chief Executive belonging to a political party membership.

ATD believes that civil nomination and political party nomination are within the scope of “democratic procedures”. It believes that its proposed plan satisfies the provisions of Article 45 of the Basic Law, and demands the SAR Government to place this election plan in its next round of consultation.

Download the Chief Executive Election Plan of the Alliance for True Democracy (pdf)

20131230 Alliance for True Democracy Launches a “One Citizen, One Letter” Campaign

Alliance for True Democracy (ATD) launches a “One Citizen, One Letter” campaign, and invites citizens respond to the consultation on constitutional reform.

The SAR Government published the consultation document of Method for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016, and initiated the public consultation on constitutional reform. ATD considers the consultation document carries information which is misleading and incomplete, and which does not contribute to meaningful political reform deliberations.

ATD now launches a “One Citizen, One Letter” campaign to encourage citizens to respond to the consultation document. Template of the letter lists several key issues on constitutional reform, including civil nomination, objection to political screening, objection to “organisational nomination”, etc. Citizens may choose the statements to which they agree. ATD also invites citizens to write down their personal comments and express their own views.

ATD will distribute the template in the January 1st rally, invite citizens to complete the letter on the spot, or submit it to the government by themselves. ATD also uploads the template on its website, citizens may thus download it from www.atd.hk/en/?p=168, and return it to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau via e-mail, fax, or by post. ATD plans to setup street stations in February next year, offering further opportunities for citizens to join the campaign.

Template of “One Citizen, One Letter” (word)
Template of “One Citizen, One Letter” (pdf)

20131121 Alliance for True Democracy Responds to the Arrangement of Li Fei’s Visit

Press Release
21 NOV 2013

Alliance for True Democracy Responds to the Arrangement of Li Fei’s Visit

Alliance for True Democracy(ATD) note some media reports that the Deputy Secretary-General of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Chairman of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee, Li Fei will visit Hong Kong today (21 NOV 2013). Li is going to meet with some members of the Legislative Council.

ATD believes if the Central Government sincerely wishes to consult the members of LegCo on the issue of constitutional reform in Hong Kong, it should not be doing it on a selective basis. ATD is disappointed and express regrets over the current arrangement, and urges the Central Government to open the meeting to all members of LegCo, and including members of ATD.

ATD requests the 2017 Chief Executive Election method to guarantee a voter’s free and fair right to vote, to nominate, and to stand for election, without any “screening mechanism”. ATD will continue to fight for civil nomination for true universal suffrage and democracy in Hong Kong.

Scholars Group Proposals for Universal Suffrage for Legislative Council Elections


Proposal A

-Total number of seats in Legislative Council is 90.
-40 seats will be elected under first-past-the-post (FPTP) system. With approximately 4 million registered voters, there would be about 100,000 voters in each constituency.
-50 seats will be elected by “proportional representation”, with the whole Hong Kong as one constituency. We may maintain current “largest remainder method” and “Hare quota”. There is no election threshold in our proposal, any list that obtains more than 2% of votes (assuming voter turnout rate is about 50%, that is about 40,000 votes) can secure one seat.
-Compare to proposal B, this proposal has fewer seats elected under FPTP, and has no election threshold, it would be relatively beneficial to small parties.


Proposal B

-Number of seats in Legislative Council is 90.
-50 seats will be elected under FPTP. With about 4 million registered voters, we estimate it will be about 80,000 voters in each constituency.
-40 seats will be elected under “proportional representation”. Hong Kong will be divided into 6 to 7 constituencies, each constituency will return 6 to 7 seats, and D’ Hondt formula will be adopted.
-Compare to proposal A, this proposal has more seats elected under FPTP. The estimation is that parties with vote share lower than 5% may not get elected. The adoption of the D’ Hondt formula will reduce the fragmentation of the Legco.


Possible Transition Proposals


Transition Proposal for Proposal A for 2016 Legislative Council Election

-Number of seats in Legislative Council increases to 80.
-60 seats elected by universal suffrage, including 35 seats by proportional representation with the current division of constituency.
-25 seats will be elected under proportional representation with the whole Hong Kong as a constituency. There is no election threshold, and the “largest remainder method” and “Hare quota” are adopted. Each voter would then have two votes in two tiers of proportional representation.
-Functional Constituency is reduced to 20 seats. In the 30 current traditional FC seats, there are 9 seats for professional sectors; 15 seats for commercial and economic sectors; and 6 seats for social and political sectors. We suggest combine those seats into three large constituencies along the lines above, with each constituency returning two-thirds of its original number of seats. That is, the professional sectors will return 6 seats; 10 seats for commercial and economic sectors; 4 seats for social and political sectors. In each constituency, each elector can cast only one vote. The candidates that get the most votes win.
-The District Council (II) FC seats will be cancelled.
-Split Voting in the Legco will be abolished.


Transition Proposal for Proposal B for 2016 Legislative Council Election

-Number of seats in Legislative Council is 80.
-60 seats will be elected by universal suffrage, including 35 seats by proportional representation with current division of constituencies.
-25 seats will be elected by FPTP. Hong Kong is divided into 25 constituencies, with about 150,000 voters in each constituency.
-Functional Constituency is reduced to 20 seats. In the 30 current traditional FC seats, there are 9 seats for professional sectors; 15 seats for commercial and economic sectors; and 6 seats for social and political sectors. We suggest combine those seats into three large constituencies along the lines above, with each constituency returning two-thirds of its original number of seats. That is, the professional sectors will return 6 seats; 10 seats for commercial and economic sectors; 4 seats for social and political sectors. In each constituency, each elector can cast only one vote. The candidates that get the most votes win.
-The District Council (II) FC seats will be cancelled.
-Split Voting in the Legco will be abolished.

May 5, 2013 Seminar on Universal Suffrage

Mar 22, 2013 The founding of Alliance for True Democracy Press Conference

July 10, 2013 Scholars Panel Proposals for the 2017 CE Election Package

The Scholars Panel of The Alliance of True Democracy conducted a press conference today to introduce three  proposals on universal suffrage for 2017 CE Election. Details are as follows:

Proposals for the 2017 CE Election

Proposal A

(1)   Composition of the Nomination Committee:

  • About 1,200 formed along the lines of the current Election Committee + about 400 elected District Council members minus (the current seats elected by District Councilors) ~= 1,500 members

(2)   The Nomination Procedure:

For any person who meets the requirements in Article 44 of the Basic Law, and meets any ONE of the conditions below, the Nomination Committee should endorse his/her eligibility for popular election:

(a)   Gets the support of no fewer than one-tenth of the Nomination Committee members;

(b)   Gets the written endorsement of at least 2% of the registered voters in the geographical elections (around 70,000 to 80,000 voters by current figures).

(3)   The Popular Election Procedure:

  • The “two-round run-off” system will be adopted. If a candidate gets more than half of the valid votes, he/she will be declared elected CE.  If nobody gets more than half of the votes, the top two vote-getters will go to a run-off.  In the second round, the candidate that gets more votes will be declared elected CE.

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