Sep 10, 2007

On Constitutional Development – IT Voice response to the Green Paper

I represented IT Voice to speak at the Legco hearing on the Green Paper consultation on 10-Sep-2007. Here is the points we tabled. We will have a more comprehensive paper towards the end of the consultation. Your comment is welcomed and please email to


On Constitutional Development
– IT Voice preliminary response to the Green Paper


IT Voice is a group of IT professionals. We participated in the Election Committee election in December 2006 and were all elected with high votes. Constitutional development is one of the most important agenda for the future of Hong Kong and we like to contribute to this consultation.

1. Hong Kong people have been longing for democracy for a long time. We are ready for universal suffrage AT THIS VERY MOMENT, well before 2012. But we warn that the general public have no more patience for any drag on. Universal Suffrage is the right of Hong Kong people clearly written in the Basic Law and a political right in the ICCPR.

2. Most surveys have indicated the public has inclination towards universal suffrage as early as possible. The Government should reflect this fact in her conclusion of the Green Paper consultation. This is the last chance for the Government to correct her mistake in the consultation for she failed to provide 3 options in consultation. Had there been 3 options that included 2012 dual universal suffrage, the public's preference could have been reflected easily and clearly.

3. Hong Kong should develop herself into a world-class city. Her constitutional arrangement should be designed in conformity with international best practice, including the provisions in the International Convention of Civic and Political Rights (ICCPR). The United Nations Human Rights Committee had pointed out Hong Kong failed to commit to this convention and she had also rebutted the HKSAR Government's reservation to the convention in introducing universal suffrage to Hong Kong.

4. The Chief Executive of the HKSAR should be elected by universal suffrage in 2012. It should have happened in 2007 if not stopped by the NPCSC's interpretation of the Basic Law.

5. The current arrangement of the Basic Law is that there is a nomination before putting CE candidates to the election by the voters at large. We strongly state that the nomination process must be conducted in a democratic procedure in accordance with the principles of universal suffrage. The principle of universal suffrage is to let all voters in Hong Kong to decide the candidates for the CE election, not any nomination committee.
  • The nomination committee should be formed by directly elected representatives to achieve broad representation.
  • The threshold of the Election Committee member votes to get nominated to the CE election should be LESS stringent than the current arrangement.
  • The existence of a pre-election, pre-selection or screening, whatever it is called, is not compatible with the principle of universal suffrage and should not be introduced.

6. The whole Legislative Council (Legco) should be elected by universal suffrage in 2012. The Functional Constituencies should be removed in one batch.

7. Now the IT sector has a functional constituency seat in the Legco. The six members of IT Voice are also elected from the ITFC in the Election Committee. However, Functional Constituencies is an unfair arrangement. We do not like to be tossed as protecting our vested interest. We all favour the removal of the functional constituencies. Our position is also endorsed by our voters in IT by their votes in favour of us in December 2006.

8. The current setting in the Legco is that there exists vested interests among most FC members to retain their seats. They are enjoying the political free lunch. It is a paradox to get two-thirds of Legco to agree to universal suffrage now and later. The Government should reflect the majority opinion and propose to Beijing. These people will listen to whatever Beijing proposes.

IT Voice members
  • CHUNG, Edmon
  • FONG, Francis
  • LEUNG Siu Cheong
  • SOONG, Chester
  • YIP, Lento
  • YOUNG Wo Sang

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