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Election committee of Hong Kong

HK's new CE is John Lee

The election of the leader of Hong Kong is decided by an Election Committee. It comprised of 1,400 members, comprising of nominees from various sectors of the economy, religious organizations and ex officio members taken from the government.

The function of the election committee is to elect the chief executive and 40 members of the legislative council (out of 90 members).

This is, in some ways, similar to the Electoral College system adopted in America. The electoral college comprise of members elected by the voters and they finally meet to confirm the election of the president and vice president.

Although the electoral college appears to have some authority in the final election process, in actual practice, the power of the electors are tied by law, i.e. they are required to vote according to the majority wishes of the voters in their state.

In many countries, e.g. France and Philippines, the election of their top leader is made by the majority voters of the people in the country. There is no intermediate body like the electoral college in America.

I wish to give my personal views about the key difference between the two systems:

- election committee/ college
- direct choice of voters

I prefer the election system adopted in Hong Kong (which probably mirrors the process adopted in China).

In general, most individual voters are not knowledgeable about the issues concerning the governance of the country. They are more likely to select leaders based on “popularity”.

I prefer the leader to be elected by a smaller group of electors, who are themselves elected by the popular votes of their respective constituencies. The smaller group of electors are more likely to make a better choice.

I prefer the system adopted in Hong Kong.

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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12 Responses to “Election committee of Hong Kong”

  • Harder Truths:

    TKL please relocate to HK and I hope you get disappeared by President Xi.

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  • FICA absolutely needed:

    basically, you want dictatorship – ha ha! ask the people of Shanghai whether they like dictatorship where they have no say, or they want freedom to debate, discuss and choose the right methods of fighting covid

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  • British Trouble:

    HK election is partly a legacy of the mess created by the British. For more than 80 years, there were no elections. Shortly before the British left, they created an unique and undemocratic election system. Instead of everybody voting for representative, they have industries voting for their industry representative in the government. This is not done in any of the Ang Moh countries. Much of the British mess is still surviving. It’s high time for China to introduce more democratic reforms in HK, to push out the British undemocratic legacy.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Tan Kim Lian’s “small group of electors” also elected by “popular vote” based on “popularity”? And has he considered issues such as, it’s much easier to cajole, bribe, etc., that small group to appoint leaders you like, than to do those to the people at large? Already, with GEs, people have suspected “gerrymandering of electoral boundaries”, seeming buy-vote schemes, etc. Much easier to do the same with an easily manageable group?

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  • opposition dude:

    Didn’t Tan say he prefers the communist system? Why is he being a kaypoh in giving suggestions for voting which isn’t comumnist?

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  • xoxo:

    But the election in Sg is *decided* by GRC?
    WHO’s that?

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    TKL’s preference is understandable. Didn’t he FAILED to be elected as president when put to the vote by the general public? So of course he prefers a smaller group of electors (aka easier to buy off) – better chance for him to enter office, hor.

    As mentioned previously, TKL viewpoints are so subtle, hor?

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  • myfirstscrew:

    There is one candidate, you call this election?

    This is like our EP, appointed.

    Even 1399 voted against him, he would still be appointed.

    TKL is in love with CCP and dictatorship!

    Please move to China. Thanks.

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  • panyusg:

    TKL should join the PAP….

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  • no election lah:

    No election lah..

    More like appointed.

    Next time ,no need to waste time to go through the process.
    Just appointed. Save time and money.

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  • China very good:

    Don’t spread fake news.
    Look up the facts. A candidate nomination needs nearly 200 hundreds of votes. To win the election, he needs many more votes. No walkover system.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_Hong_Kong_Chief_Executive_election

    myfirstscrew:
    There is one candidate, you call this election?

    This is like our EP, appointed.

    Even 1399 voted against him, he would still be appointed.

    TKL is in love with CCP and dictatorship!

    Please move to China. Thanks.

    Tech: And which idiot said there was only 1 candidate?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Well , One candidate not exactly wrong. The rest 陪跑. 做戲都要認真 especially for the international audience.

    My HK friend said all hongkies already know John Lee will win long before result came out.

    Before John Lee announced he will run. He went ( or was summon ) to China. He came back and subsequently Carrie Lam announced she will not be seeking another term. All hongkies know it John Lee will be the next in line.

    John Lee education not high. Carrie Lam also dont want to shake hand with him. John Lee cannot speak eloquently especially english.

    Under Lee ,most likely HK people can look forward to mass housing build up faster.

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