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Chief Executive Election

The Legislative Council has passed the Improving Electoral System (Consolidated Amendments) Bill 2021, in which there are changes to the Chief Executive election and the method for the constitution of the Election Committee. Please refer to the thematic website https://www.cmab.gov.hk/improvement/en/home/index.html for details.

Introduction

According to the Basic Law, the Chief Executive (CE) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is the head of the HKSAR and is the head of the HKSAR Government. The specific method for selecting the CE is prescribed in Annex I to the Basic Law.

CE Election

According to Annex I to the Basic Law, the CE shall be elected by a broadly representative Election Committee (EC) in accordance with the Basic Law and appointed by the Central People's Government. In accordance with Article 46 of the Basic Law, the term of office of the CE of the HKSAR shall be five years.

The Chief Executive Election Ordinance (CEEO) (Cap.569) is a piece of local legislation that provides the legal framework for conducting the CE election.

For the Fifth Term CE election, the poll was held on 26 March 2017.

For more information about the Fifth Term CE election, please click here.