【Article】By popular demand

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SCMP 2013-12-14
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”


明報 2013-12-12
A38 | 觀點

《「民主程序」的原意和意義 》

負責領導政改諮詢的政務司長林鄭月娥上月邀請香港基本法委員會主任李飛來港,目的是希望李主任就《基本法》中有關本港政制發展的條文,特別是第45 條作一些法律理解的分享。可是訪港3 天,李主任沒留下很多精闢的法理分析,倒是拋下了不少《基本法》裏沒有的政治名詞,令大家對《基本法》第45 條的解讀更見分歧,甚至有違其本身的意思。

《基本法》第45 條訂明: 「行政長官的產生辦法根據香港特別行政區的實際情况和循序漸進的原則而規定,最終達至由一個有廣泛代表性的提名委員會按民主程序提名後普選產生的目標。」當中較具爭議,亦對2017 年特首選舉是否屬於真正民主的普選有決定性影響的字眼,是「民主程序」。所謂「民主程序」,究竟是什麼呢?我們不妨從當年《基本法》起草的歷史入手,嘗試理出「民主程序」的立法原意,從而了解其真正的意義。 Continue reading “【文章】「民主程序」的原意和意義”

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