Di­vi­sions on re­form hold

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By KAHON CHAN in Hong Kong kahon@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

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.

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

Cit­i­zens gather out­side the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil head­quar­ters in Ad­mi­ralty dis­trict to sup­port the Hong Kong gov­ern­ment’s elec­toral re­form pack­age on Wed­nes­day.

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