Method for forming the Legislative Council (LegCo)
(i) the number of GCs will be retained at five. The number of seats for each of the GCs (which is four to eight seats at present) will be revised to five to nine seats;
(ii) the five new District Council (DC) FC seats will be returned from the whole HKSAR as a single constituency in accordance with the proportional representation list system. Candidates will be elected by electors who do not have the right to vote in the traditional FCs or those who have not opted to register in these FCs. Only elected DC members are eligible to be nominated as candidates and they must be nominated by no less than 15 elected DC members. For persons with the right to vote in the traditional FCs, they will be given a choice to opt to register in the traditional FCs or in the new DC FC. However, elected DC members may only register in the existing DC FC. Under the existing legislation, persons eligible for registration as electors in the Heung Yee Kuk, Agriculture and Fisheries, Insurance and Transport FCs may only register in those FCs concerned. This arrangement is to ensure that the number of registered electors of these FCs will not be too small;
(iii) as regards the five new DC FC seats, the maximum amount of election expenses will be $6 million. The financial assistance provided for a list of candidates or a candidate for the 2012 LegCo election will be increased from $11 to $12 per vote;
(iv) similar to the five new DC FC seats, only elected DC members are eligible to be nominated as candidates in the existing DC FC;
(v) the five new DC FC seats to be returned by approximately 3.2 million electors on a one-person-one-vote basis will substantially enhance the democratic elements of the LegCo election. Hence, there should be no substantial changes for the traditional FCs. However, same as the previous LegCo elections, we will review whether there is a need to propose technical adjustments to the electorate to reflect the latest developments of these FCs. This includes updating the names of certain bodies and deleting those organisations which have ceased operation; and
(vi) lastly, having regard to the views of society, we will also propose under the Legislative Council (Amendment) Bill 2010 that consular posts and international organisations set up by overseas Governments in the HKSAR will no longer be eligible to be registered as a corporate elector. The relevant amendments will also be applicable to the corresponding Election Committee subsectors.
Ends/Wednesday, December 15, 2010