- HKSAR Government
- Hong Kong
現時香港有接近二十萬與金融領域相關的從業員，竟然由不到七百個公司團體票去“代表”! 這代表性不足0.35%! 現在是時候向這不合理不公義的選舉制度說不！
The concept of functional constituencies in the Hong Kong electoral system was first developed in "Green Paper: The Further Development of Representative Government in Hong Kong" in 1984. It was a transitional arrangement aiming to gradually introduce representative democracy into Hong Kong. Since then, there were adjustments in the number and composition of functional constituencies.
From the 1997 handover till 2012, 35 out of the 70 Legislative Council seats were elected by functional constituencies. In the current Legislative Council and Chief Executive election committee functional constituencies, the electoral base consists mostly of institutional votes with the exception of just a few professional sectors such as Accountancy, Legal and Medical, which have individual votes. Individual employees from most constituencies do not have the rights to vote as such rights lie only in the hands of institution principals.
As such the functional constituency system has been criticized as small circle election where both candidates and voters are dominated by a group of "privileged class" and tycoons. The government can pass policies simply by manipulating the votes of this small group of people without any regard for public opinion. Due to the lack of an elaborate classification scheme and individual votes, the functional constituency system fails to reflect the opinions of individual employees and is therefore lacking broad representativeness. In some smaller constituencies, there are even prior agreements among the small circles on who are going to be elected, resulting in uncontested elections. In the 2012 Legislative Council election, 16 functional constituency seats were uncontested.
Currently there are 573 institutional voters in the Financial Services constituency. These are members of the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society entitled to vote at general meetings, and participants of other exchange societies. The incumbent representative for Financial Services is Christopher Cheung Wah-fung, who was elected a member of Legislative Council in 2012 with 208 votes (44.8% of total votes).
There are 124 institutional voters in the Finance constituency. These are banks, restricted licensed banks, and deposit-taking companies under the Banking Ordinance. The incumbent representative is Ng Leung-sing, who was elected uncontested in the 2012 Legislative Council election.
How can less than 700 institutional voters "represent" all 200,000 people working in the finance industry? This is less than 0.35%! Now is the time to say no to such an unreasonable and unjust electoral system!
1. 要求人大及特區政府在 2016年立法會全面廢除功能界别，七十個議席全由地區直選一人一票產生。
We call for all fellow banking and finance professionals to join in the petition to:
1. Request the National People's Congress and the HKSAR Government to completely abolish functional constituencies in the 2016 Legislative Council election so that all 70 seats will be returned from geographical constituencies on a one-person-one-vote basis.
2. Request the National People's Congress and the HKSAR Government to
replace institutional votes with individual votes in the Finance and Financial Services constituencies in the 2017 Chief Executive nomination committee.
Hong Kong people want a universal and equal electoral system that gives us a genuine choice. Return power to people!
The 金融服務界向不公義的功能界别選舉制度說不 petition to HKSAR Government was written by Laichongau and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.