A voter arrives at a polling station for the 2021 Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections at Kowloon Park on Sept 19, 2021. (GEORGE CHAN / CHINA DAILY)
The business and financial sector said the completion of the Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections will strengthen effective governance and administration in Hong Kong in the future.
“The importance of the Election Committee in the chief executive election and the Legislative Council election means that the chief executive and the majority of the Legislative Council members will be selected by the same members. This can ensure the chief executive and legislative members will be guided by the same political principles,” Venture Smart Asia Managing Partner Kenny Tang told China Daily. Tang is one of the candidates who won the Financial Services subsector election of the Election Committee.
As the Election Committee members come from a diverse industry background but with the same political principles, they will coordinate with the chief executive, the Executive Council and the Legislative Council to bolster the efficiency of the government departments and the legislative process,” said Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange President Haywood Cheung
As a result of the election changes, the executive-led government shall be fortified from now on, curbing filibustering and hence raising efficiency in the legislative process, Tang added.
The revamped Election Committee, which consists of 1,500 members, is responsible for nominating and electing the chief executive, as well as nominating all 90 LegCo members and electing 40 of them. Thirty LegCo members are elected by functional constituencies, and the remaining 20 are chosen in direct elections.
Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange President Haywood Cheung, another candidate who won the Election Committee’s Financial Services subsector election, told China Daily that the election result will maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.
“As the Election Committee members come from a diverse industry background but with the same political principles, they will coordinate with the chief executive, the Executive Council and the Legislative Council to bolster the efficiency of the government departments and the legislative process,” Cheung told China Daily.
Cheung said he hopes that the new governing team that will be installed after the chief executive election in March 2022 will expedite the implementation of policies favorable to the economic and social development of Hong Kong.
In a statement on Monday, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) said the completion of Election Committee Subsector Ordinary Elections marks substantial progress in Hong Kong’s electoral system and public administration. The election ensures that patriotic candidates are elected from diverse sectors to fully represent voices across various social groups, including businesses, professional bodies, civic and national organizations.
The FHKI welcomes the elected members of the Industrial (First) sub-sector and will work closely with them to advocate for long-term industrial policies and safeguard a sound business environment for the industrial community.
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