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ECNS App DownloadSpecial: 2021 Two SessionsResidents of Wan Chai district in Hong Kong sign on Monday to show support for the draft decision on improving the electoral system, which was approved by the National Peoples Congress on Thursday. (Photo by Calvin Ng/China Daily)Lam: Decision will better leverage citys advantages to develop its economy
Thursdays decision by Chinas top legislature to improve the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions electoral system will help the city end protracted political chaos and regain momentum to seek greater development, said representatives from a cross-section of Hong Kong society.
The decision by the National Peoples Congress, passed overwhelmingly by deputies on the final day of this years session, concretely stipulates the changes to the special administrative regions Election Committee, which chooses the SARs chief executive, as well as the method of election of the citys legislators.
The decision received firm support from the Hong Kong SAR government and Hong Kong-based central government bodies.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that after the loopholes in the electoral system were plugged, the Legislative Council could restore order and Hong Kong society could overcome its divisions. This will allow the city, with the staunch support of the central authorities, to better leverage its advantages to develop the economy and improve the livelihood of its residents.
“The Hong Kong SAR government will spare no effort in continuing to explain to the public about the necessity and urgency of improving the electoral system as well as the solid constitutional basis of the decision,” Lam said.
The central governments liaison office in Hong Kong and the Foreign Ministrys commissioners office in the city said, in separate statements, that the decision provides institutional protection to implement the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”. It will help maintain the steady development of the democratic system of Hong Kong as well as the long-term security and stability of Hong Kong society, the statements said.
A joint statement issued by 40 of the citys lawmakers said the decision will ensure the orderly operation of Hong Kongs legislature and lay a solid foundation for the healthy development of the citys political institutions.
Hong Kongs business community also threw its support behind the NPCs decision.
The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong said the improvements to Hong Kongs electoral system will provide safeguards for the full implementation of “patriots administering Hong Kong”, which is conducive to creating a base for Hong Kongs prosperity.
Meanwhile, it will help enhance the efficacy of governance, enabling the government to focus on developing the economy and continuing to ensure the citys successful role in global finance, shipping, innovation and technology, said the association, which represents the citys major real estate developers.
Also on Thursday, a cross-sector civic alliance was established that plans to organize a series of seminars to explain to residents the necessity of the changes to the citys electoral system.
It launched a citywide signature campaign, offline and online, to gather support for the NPCs decision, and over 100,000 people had signed up to show their support as of Thursday night.
A clerk surnamed Wong, who was constantly worried about street violence during the social unrest in 2019, hoped that after the city established the patriots-led administration via the electoral system improvements, the city would avoid a repeat of what happened in 2019 and its residents would have a better life.
Foreign residents in the city also expressed their support for the changes to the citys electoral system.
Angelo Giuliano, a financial consultant from Switzerland, said the political change will create a more peaceful social environment and further boost global investors confidence in the city.
Renato Giuliano, an Italian-born Hong Kong resident, said that the decision will help Hong Kong maintain political stability.Related newsHong Kong to see broader development room, new opportunities with improved electoral system: politic2021-03-12China opposes foreign interference, convinced of brighter future for Hong Kong: FM spokesperson2021-03-12HKSAR LegCo expresses support for improving Hong Kongs electoral system2021-03-12MorePhotoMount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in IndonesiaChina launches medium-lift Long March-7A carrier rocketChinese premier meets press after annual legislative sessionChinas top legislature holds closing meeting of annual sessionTwin panda cubs munch on bamboo at Berlin zoo10 years on: Japanese miracle pine becomes sysbol of hopeHK secretary for education voices support for improving HKSAR electoral systemSea of clouds scenery at Huangshan MountainShanghai Metro pilots digital yuan paymentEgyptian builds Chinas Temple of Heaven with 22,000 matchsticksChina delivers COVID-19 vaccines to the Republic of CongoExplore Stratonice, one of worlds largest marble citiesTulip bulbs to bloom in east China’s NanjingEquatorial Guinea blasts kill 105Works of renowned artist exhibited in BeijingBlossoming cherry trees in GuiyangFish-light complementary photovoltaic power station under construction in AnhuiAnnual migration of Dowa village in Tibet3D return for Bamiyan Buddha destroyed 20 years ago in AfghanistaNASA Perseverance rover checks its robotic arm on MarsRare hornbills spotted in southwest ChinaPottery relics over 1,000 years ago unveiled in ZhengzhouStay-at-home order lifted in TorontoMeet C SEED M1 – A TV that unfolds like an envelopeMozambique starts COVID-19 vaccinations with Chinas vaccinesPerseverance successfully performs its first drive on MarsWomen shine at Chinas two sessionsWild animals suffer from hunger due to extreme weatherFrance fells oaks to rebuild the Notre-Dame spireFemale dancer promotes traditional dance in Xinjiang, NW ChinaChinese airlines female foreign pilot flies highZebra crossings painted pink to greet International Womens DayPic story of policewomen of Badaling Police Station in BeijingEmbrace spring with cherry blossoms in GuizhouHong Kong citizens voice support for improving HKSAR electoral systemMount Etna spews ash into sky after eruptionsMost popular in 24h$(function () {$.ajaxSetup({cache: true});var tStr = new Date().getUTCHours()+_+ new Date().getUTCMinutes();$.ajax({type: “get”,dataType: “json”,url: “/part/6/ecns_rank24h.json?t=”+ tStr,success: function (status) {var str = “”;$.each(status,function(index,obj){obj.title = obj.title.replace(/'/g, ');str +=+obj[“title”]+;});$(“#rank24″).html(str);},error:function(status){}});});MoreTop newsSwedens Crown Princess Victoria tests positive for COVID-19 70% of large lakes in China clearer since 2000: study Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases More policy support for businesses R&D Country will open wider to world, Li saysMoreVideoRelocated children in Sichuan get better educationFemale Taiwanese PhD develops maglev artificial heartLINEMedia partners:Peoples Daily Online|Xinhuanet|China.org.cn|ChinaDaily.com.cn|CGTN|Globaltimes.cn|Chinaplus.cri.cn|Shine.cn|JSCHINA|
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