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Scholarism stand firm for public nomination

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15/10/2013 by Quinn Chan Ka Chun


Scholarism stands firm for public nomination

By Quinn Chan Ka Chun

Oct 15. The spokesperson of Scholarism said that the group defends boldly for a public nomination model in 2017 Chief Executive Election while the nomination threshold has room for adjustment.


Oscar Lai Lok-man, representative of student-led group Scholarism, said that public nomination is essential in a universal suffrage model that meets international standard stipulated by the International Bill of Human Rights. He added that the model echoed three principles of a fair election: equal votes, equal power of votes and equal opportunity to be nominated.


While one convenor of Occupy Central Group, Chan Kin-man, commented the model ‘too ideal’, Lai said that although the group initially suggested the floor to be set as 100,000 nominations, the number that would appear in the final proposal could be discussed and adjusted downwards.


‘Only the threshold is adjustable. We won’t sacrifice away the whole model,’ he said.


He also disagreed that the group’s suggestion would be a ‘waste of Government expenditure’.


Despite criticisms towards the model failing to meet the basic law, Lai said that the Article 45 allows rooms for interpretation, which may ultimately answers the city’s desire for democracy.


In regards to the Lawmaker Nomination method, Lai worried that the suggestion violates the ‘widely representation’ principle since lawmakers belonging to Functional Constituency are elected by a small proportion of the public. However, he said that both nomination proposal may co-exist.


The group’s proposals, along with suggestions from other parties, would be put forward to a public electronic voting organized by the Hong Kong University.


He said that if results of electronic voting shows lack of support for the model, the group would consider collaborate their suggestions with electoral methods put forward by the Alliance for True Democracy, adding that it was normal to have different voices along the pan-democratic spectrum.


‘We have no ability and intention to disunite the pan-democratic camp,’ Lai said.
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