A17 | INSIGHT | Dennis Kwok
By popular demand-Screening out popular candidates does not accord with Basic Law intent
【Dennis Kwok looks back at how Basic Law drafters arrived at the wording of Article 45 and says their intent was never to bar candidates with public support from the chief executive election】
Last month, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor invited Li Fei , the Basic Law Committee chairman, to visit Hong Kong, ostensibly to improve our legal understanding of the relevant Basic Law provisions.
Article 45 of the Basic Law provides for the method for selecting our chief executive “by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures”. The term “democratic procedures” has a decisive impact on whether the 2017 election will adopt universal suffrage in its truly democratic form. What exactly did the Basic Law drafters mean by this term? Continue reading “【Article】By popular demand”