Hong Kong, China, China, 09/16/2021 / The Hong Kong Election Committee /
The Hong Kong Election Committee will hold an election on Sunday, September 19, which is the first election after Hong Kong’s revised electoral system. Under the new electoral system, the number of the Election Committee will be expanded from 1,200 to 1,500. The functions of the committee are also more important than in the past. In addition to nominating candidates for the Chief Executive and voting for the elected, the committee is also eligible to nominate all candidates for the Legislative Council and vote for 40 members of the Election Committee within the Legislative Council. The Electoral Affairs Commission and the Registration and Electoral Office will continue to work with the Independent Commission Against Corruption to disseminate information about clean elections to the public and candidates, and arrange briefing sessions for candidates to help them familiarize themselves with the election arrangements and various regulations to ensure that the election is open, fair and Be honest.
Under the new election system, 60% of the number of applicants is the same as the number of seats. If the nomination is confirmed to be valid, the candidate will be automatically elected. Another 13 sectors with more candidates than the number of seats will be voted on on September 19. According to Annex I of the revised Hong Kong Basic Law, the composition of the Election Committee has been expanded from the original four sectors to five sectors. There are a total of 40 subsectors under each sector, and the number of election committees has increased to 1,500. With a wider coverage, the system is more suitable for repairing and improving Hong Kong’s original elections.
General Chamber of Commerce: To help Hong Kong youth better understand the electoral system
Not only has the number of people increased, but the functions of the Election Committee have also been further enhanced. In addition to nominating and selecting candidates for the Chief Executive, it also nominates all candidates for the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and elects 40 members of the Legislative Council. With the positive response from all sectors of society, the number of nomination forms exceeded 1,000 in just a few days. According to statistics, 13 subsectors have more candidates than seats, including labor, social welfare, medical and health services, etc., and elections may be required.
It is worth mentioning that the candidates for the election committee this time are star-studded, and there are many well-known political and business figures and elites from all walks of life. Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Chairman Wang Dongsheng, MTR Chief Executive Officer Jin Zepei, Fok Yingdong Group Vice President Huo Qishan and others signed up for the election. Nominations of 15 people from the sports, performing arts, culture, and publishing industries were nominated by the Hong Kong Sports Association and Olympic Committee of China, the Hong Kong General Association of Chinese Literary and Art Circles, and the Hong Kong Publishing Association. The famous singer Alan Tam and the chairman of Bahe Club Wang Mingquan All are on the list.
The president of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Leung Siu-kee, signed up to run for the business sector. He said that the Chamber of Commerce has done a lot of work in the past, including holding anti-epidemic draws, the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Project, etc., and will continue to provide advice to the government in the future to serve the industry and the public. Fu Zhancheng, the chief executive of Sicheng Holdings, who participated in the election for architecture, surveying, urban planning and gardening, pointed out that the future chief executive needs to respond to public grievances, solve people’s livelihood issues, and emphasize that housing issues are the key. He also pointed out that the industry should work together to help Hong Kong youth find a way out.
Peaceful Hong Kong has experienced a strong economic recovery this year
Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Chen Maobo published a blog on August 15 stating that, taking into account the strong economic performance of Hong Kong in the first half of the year, the Hong Kong government has raised its economic growth forecast for the whole year from 3.5% to 5.5% to 5.5% to 6.5%. It is believed that with the support of Hong Kong’s continuous epidemic prevention and control and a series of national measures, Hong Kong’s economy will continue to have room for improvement in the second half of the year. Such achievements are inseparable from the stability of Hong Kong. The candidates this time are also very aware of this.
Chen Maobo said that Hong Kong’s economic growth in the second quarter just announced reached 7.6%. Although it was slightly lower than the 8% in the first quarter, it has rebounded for the second consecutive quarter.
The Hong Kong Election Committee