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CS hails new electoral system

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CE explains electoral changes

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said she believes the decision on improving Hong Kong’s electoral system by the National People’s Congress (NPC) will make the Election Committee more broadly representative.   Speaking ahead of this morning’s Executive Council meeting, Mrs Lam explained that the NPC’s decision aims at expanding, rather than restricting, the participation of people in Hong Kong's electoral system.   “If you could look at the decision of the National People's Congress, there are two figures - one is 1,500, the other is 90 - and both are moving in the direction of expanding, rather than restricting the representation, the participation of people in the electoral system. So the future Election Committee will be expanded from the current 1,200 to 1,500, whereas the number of Legislative Council members will be increased from the current 70 to 90.”   Mrs Lam also noted that she met Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Deputy Director Zhang Xiaoming, one of the Mainland officials who have been collecting views on the electoral changes in Hong Kong.   “But I cannot go further into the details because this is the time for the Mainland officials to listen to the opinions and views of the Hong Kong people.   “But I would just draw to your attention that when this reference was made to the Election Committee by NPC Standing Committee Vice Chairman Wang Chen in explaining the draft decision, he emphasised that what we are aiming at in adjusting the Election Committee is to ensure that it is more broadly representative of the interests in Hong Kong, to reflect the actual situation in Hong Kong, and to ensure that in future more people will be representing the holistic interests, rather than the sectoral interests, in Hong Kong.   “So I'm sure that, ultimately, the composition of the 1,500 and the composition of the 90 will be based on these important principles.”
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