New electoral system opens chapter for Hong Kong's good governance, says member of new Election Committee

Source:Xinhua 03-10-21 10:50 Updated BJT
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HONG KONG, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, a newly elected member of the Election Committee in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), has said that the new electoral system in the HKSAR opened a new chapter to realize good governance in Hong Kong.

The newly elected members of the Election Committee come from all walks of life in Hong Kong and are broadly representative, and the new electoral system has brought a new outlook to Hong Kong, Li, also chairman of the Council of the University of Hong Kong, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The Election Committee elections were successfully held recently, in which 1,448 new members were elected. The Election Committee is endowed with important functions under the improved electoral system, including electing the Chief Executive designate and part of the Legislative Council (LegCo) members, as well as nominating candidates for the LegCo election.

Li said the new electoral system fully demonstrates the country's care for Hong Kong's long-term development, prosperity and stability, adding that the chaos in Hong Kong would have persisted if the country had not introduced the national security law in Hong Kong and improved the electoral system of the HKSAR.

Filibusters and chaos in the LegCo had hindered the process of passing bills that benefit Hong Kong's development, which was a major blow to the Hong Kong society, Li noted.

"Now with the new electoral system, we hope Hong Kong can move forward," he said, adding that the power to administer Hong Kong must lie in the hands of patriots.

Li pointed out that the illegal "Occupy Central" movement in 2014 and the social unrest in 2019 in Hong Kong clearly showed the United States' intention of using Hong Kong to contain China, and therefore Hong Kong should no longer be used as a pawn for others.

Li said the HKSAR should enact legislation in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law of the HKSAR as soon as possible.

Talking about the youths in Hong Kong, Li believed that Hong Kong's integration with other cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area provides broader development opportunities for young people here. Meanwhile, more efforts should be made to promote national education in schools so as to strengthen students' sense of national identity, he said. 

Editor: zhangrui
03-10-21 10:50 BJT
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