Divisions on reform hold
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council moved closer on Wednesday to a vote on the city’s electoral reform plan.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide stood firm on their position during the first day of the reform motion reading.
The Hong Kong government moved motion to overhaul the method to select the city’s next chief executive, prescribed in an annex of the Basic Law.
The motion was moved 20 months after the creation of a special task force to run the electoral reform process.
More than 3 million registered voters in the city will be able to elect the next chief executive by “one person, one vote” next year if more than 46 lawmakers out of the total of 70 vote for the motion.
But 27 opposition members and Leung Ka-lau, an independent lawmaker representing doctors, vowed earlier to veto the proposal.
Citizens gather outside the Legislative Council headquarters in Admiralty district to support the Hong Kong government’s electoral reform package on Wednesday.