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Constitutional Development

The Basic Law provides that the ultimate aim is to elect the Chief Executive ("CE") and Legislative Council ("LegCo") by universal suffrage, in the light of the actual situation of Hong Kong and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress.

The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ("NPCSC") of 2007 has made clear the universal suffrage timetable: Hong Kong may implement universal suffrage for the CE in 2017 and following that, all Members of the LegCo may be returned by universal suffrage.

To attain the ultimate aim of the selection of the CE by universal suffrage provided for in Article 45 of the Basic Law, after conducting two rounds of extensive and systematic public consultations which lasted for a total of seven months, the HKSAR Government put forward a package of proposals for the method for selecting the CE by universal suffrage. The proposals are constitutionally in order, lawful, reasonable and rational. However, the proposals were ultimately vetoed at the LegCo Meeting on 18 June 2015. Therefore, according to the Decision of the NPCSC of 31 August 2014, the method for selecting the 4th term CE in 2012 will continue to be adopted to select the 5th term CE in 2017, i.e., the CE is to be elected by a 1200-member Election Committee. As regards the method for selecting all Members of the LegCo by universal suffrage, it will be handled by the CE returned by universal suffrage and the HKSAR Government under his/ her leadership.

The work of the current term HKSAR Government in taking forward constitutional development has come to an end. The HKSAR Government is committed to handling properly the upcoming public elections in accordance with the law.

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