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Pan-democrats see scare tactics on reform

Eddie Luk

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pan-democratic lawmakers claim they are being threatened into compromising on the electoral reform package proposed by the SAR administration.

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said that was the impression given by officials during a breakfast meeting yesterday with liaison office legal department head Liu Xinkui and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Kwok said Lam mentioned that if people do not accept the administration's political reform proposal for the 2017 chief executive election, the future is unsure for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

"Both Lam and Liu said there would not be a plan B if the electoral plan for 2017 election was found unacceptable," Kwok said.


But Lam said Kwok had misquoted them, saying neither she nor Liu mentioned a plan B. "I never said the words plan B or plan A," she said.

Lam said that if universal suffrage cannot be implemented in 2017, the system that elected the chief executive in 2012 would have to be used.

She added that since the National People's Congress Standing Committee decisions of 2007 do not provide a political reform path beyond 2017, there would not be an exact timetable for universal suffrage if that deadline was missed.

Lam also argued that the administration has not used any scare tactics to push reforms.

Thirteen pan-democratic and pro-establishment lawmakers attended the second breakfast meeting hosted by Lam at the Tamar government offices.

Hours after Lam made the clarification, Kwok said in the afternoon that his comments at a press briefing after the breakfast meeting were not a direct quote from Lam.

"I have to say clearly this is what I feel and my impression," said Kwok, adding that he still feels that the administration is resorting to scare tactics to push its electoral reform package.

Meanwhile, Executive Council member Cheng Yiu-tong said Beijing must be 100 percent sure about the chief executive being elected in 2017.

That came as the pan-democratic Alliance for True Democracy unveiled its proposals for Legislative Council elections in 2016 and 2020.

The alliance proposes that for the 2016 vote 50 out of the 70 seats be filled by direct election and the rest reserved for functional constituencies. Then all 70 Legco seats are for direct election in 2020.

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