20 Facts About Improving the Electoral System in the HKSAR (II)

Video Series | 20 Facts About Improving the Electoral System in the HKSAR

EP02 What improvements have been made in the restructuring and empowerment of the Election Committee?

In this episode: What improvements have been made in the restructuring and empowerment of the Election Committee?

It has served to optimize “balanced participation” in the deliberation and administration of SAR affairs. The Election Committee, by collectively nominating candidates for the Chief Executive election and for the Legislative Council, will ensure the representativeness of the candidates, and break the interest constraints imposed by different sectors, districts or political groups. This will enable people of all strata and from all walks of life to be fully represented in the governance structure, and better serve the overall interests of the Hong Kong society.

It has served to strengthen the “executive-led” political system. Through the restructuring and empowerment of the Election Committee, several elections have been organically combined to avoid the excessive politicization caused by the numerous and scattered election activities. This is conducive to the realization of the original intention of the Basic Law regarding the implementation of the executive-led political system and the enhancement of its governance efficiency.

It has demonstrated that the electoral reform was programmed to “advance with the times”. The establishment of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee to vet the eligibility of candidates for the elections of the Election Committee, the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council is a necessary step to upgrade and strengthen the entire electoral system, and to implement the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.

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The Election Committee is expanded from 1,200 to 1,500 members, whose sectors have also been optimized and increased to better represent the overall interests of Hong Kong. The Election Committee elects the Chief Executive and is empowered with two more functions of electing a relatively large proportion of LegCo members and participating in the nominations of all LegCo candidates, which will also greatly improve the relationship between the executive and legislative bodies, thereby improving the governance of the HKSAR.

In out next episode: Why has the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress made such specific stipulations for the new electoral system?

[ Editor: WXY]