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Constitutional development public consultation report

     The Chief Executive (CE) has submitted today (July 15) to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) his report on whether there is a need to amend the methods for selecting the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2016. Concurrently, the Government published the Report on the Public Consultation on the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016 (Consultation Report).

     The Consultation Report comprehensively summarises the views expressed by the LegCo, District Councils, organisations of different sectors in the community and individuals, as well as relevant opinion polls conducted by different organisations during the consultation period. In the light of the results of the public consultation, the CE has come to the view that the community of Hong Kong generally hopes that universal suffrage for the CE election could be implemented in 2017 first, so that over five million eligible voters in Hong Kong could elect the next Chief Executive through "one person, one vote" in 2017, thereby taking an important step forward in the constitutional development of Hong Kong; and that the method for forming the LegCo in 2016 in Annex II to the Basic Law need not be amended.

     Copies of both reports can be downloaded from the website (www.2017.gov.hk) or obtained from the 18 District Offices. The public submissions received and relevant opinion polls conducted during the consultation period are published in the appendices to the Consultation Report, which can also be viewed on the website.

Ends/Tuesday, July 15, 2014