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Chief Executive Election

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.

EC subsector elections

The EC is responsible for electing the CE. The term of office of the EC is 5 years and will commence on 1 February in the year in which the term of office of the CE is to expire.

The EC is composed of 1 200 members under 38 subsectors, comprising :

1 034 members of 35 subsectors who are returned through elections;
106 ex-officio members (ie Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Members of the Legislative Council (LegCo)) under the NPC subsector and the LegCo subsector; and
60 members under the Religious subsector who are nominated by six designated bodies.

The composition of the EC is provided in section 2 of the Schedule to the CEEO.

The 2016 EC subsector elections were held on 11 December 2016.

For more information about the 2016 EC subsector elections, please click here.