2016 HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTION


27/11/2016





The 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election will be held on 4 September 2016 for the 6th Legislative Council of Hong Kong (LegCo).Located on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong was a group of islands in the British colonial government until July 1, 1997 and later it became a special administrative region (SAR) with a high degree of autonomy.In Hong Kong, constitution made by the British is still valid and administration of Hong Kong consists of Legislative Council, Executive Council and the judiciary.The Council has founded in 1843 as an advisory body to Hong Kong' colonial British governor, and today it functions as the city' parliament. It got its first Chinese member in 1884 and has been fully elected since 1995. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council consists of a total of 70 members, 35 from geographical constituencies (GCs) chosen by popular vote, 35 from functional constituencies (FCs) chosen by special interest groups, 5 from super seat elected from a shortlist of district councilors. In 2014, the protests began after the Standing Committee of the National People' Congress (NPCSC) came to a decision regarding proposed reforms to change the Hong Kong electoral system.Therefore proposal has received great response and Hong Kong people led a strike against the NPCSC' decision. Indeed, events have resulted in the rejection of the reform proposals and the Legislative Council election methods had remained the same.In this sense, election plays an important role for the city, since it will be the first major election since 2014 pro-democracy street protests.According to Bernard Chan, a member of the Executive Council, the 6th Hong Kong Legislative Council Election is not be just a new term for our lawmaking assembly, it will reflect a new era in Hong Kong politics. Working as a legislator from 1998 to 2008, Chan spoke to South China Morning Post and he said that “it is clear to me that there is a very different mood today.” After China announced that Beijing would vet candidates to run in the 2017 elections, thus regulating the race to be Hong Kong chief executive, thousands of young people began protesting and demanded electoral freedom. In many schools across the country students had been boycotting classes.In this sense, the younger generation had on political thinking since the 2014. It is expected that they will have a great impact on Sunday’s election even though it does not make much difference in the balance of LegCo seats between broad pro-government and opposition camps.
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