COMMENTARY ON LAWYERING, LANGUAGE, AND POLITICS
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Universal suffrage but no free election for Hong Kong Chief Executive
Hong Kong City Hall - lower block
The National Peoples Congress Standing Committee has announced the protocol for election of the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong in 2017. Sufrage shall be universal but only two or three candidates will be allowed. They shall be chosen by an appointed nominating committee. Only candidates endorsed by a majority of the committee members will appear on the ballot. Candidates must "love the country and love Hong Kong". China retains sovereignty but permits a capitalist economy in Hong Kong - exemplified by the slogan `one country two systems'.