Two-step approach mulled to improve HKSAR electoral system

2021-03-05 12:03:07

Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, explains a draft decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR to national lawmakers at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua] BEIJING -- A two-step approach, namely, "decision plus amendment" was proposed to improve the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), senior lawmaker Wang Chen said on Friday. Wang, vice-chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, made the remarks when explaining a draft decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR to national lawmakers. In the first step, the NPC, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law, and the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, makes the decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR. In the second step, in accordance with the Constitution, the Basic Law, the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, and the NPC decision, the NPC Standing Committee amends "Annex I: Method for the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" and "Annex II: Method for the Formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Its Voting Procedures" of the Basic Law, according to Wang. After the amendment of Annex I and Annex II at the state level is completed, the HKSAR will amend relevant local laws accordingly, Wang said. The draft decision was submitted for review to the lawmakers during the annual session of the NPC, which runs from March 5 to 11.Related stories: China mulls forming new democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics in HKSAR Rioting, turbulence in Hong Kong reveals loopholes in electoral system: Senior lawmaker Draft decision on improving HK electoral system submitted to China's top legislature for review China mulls whole-process qualification review mechanism in HK electoral systemMain body of HKSAR Basic Law not to be revised this time: Senior lawmaker