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Sunday, March 8, 2015, 18:07

Top legislator upholds necessity of election framework

By China Daily
Top legislator upholds necessity of election framework
China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang delivers a work report at a plenary meeting of the National People's Congress' annual session in Beijing on Sunday. (Photo / Xinhua)

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC), said it is necessary for the top legislature to stipulate core elements of the universal suffrage election of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive in order to ensure that the Basic Law is implemented correctly.

The remark was part of the NPCSC work report delivered on Sunday at the second plenary meeting of the third session of the 12th NPC in Beijing. The top legislature passed a resolution last August to set the parameters of the universal suffrage in the election of the Chief Executive in 2017.

The resolution stipulates that all candidates to appear on the ballot must first secure majority support from the 1,200-member Nominating Committee. The decision also requires the committee to produce two to three candidates running for the top post of the SAR in the final stage.

Zhang said it was necessary for the NPCSC to stipulate “certain core elements” of the election setup because the top legislature holds the constitutional responsibility to ensure that the Basic Law is accurately implemented and Hong Kong’s constitutional advances according to the law.

The resolution, he said, has since established the principle and set a clear direction for Hong Kong to refine the election methods. It is therefore significant for the full implementation of the principle of “One Country, Two Systems” and “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”, as well as for the progressive promotion of democracy in Hong Kong.

Zhang said in the report that the resolution also safeguards the authority of the constitutional text. Another NPCSC decision designated Dec 4 as the national Constitution Day.

The HKSAR Government concluded the second public consultation on the 2017 election on Saturday. Several local groups had put forward different options seeking to optimize the election mechanism within the framework laid down by the NPCSC.

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