The Task Force on Constitutional Development has submitted today (January 6), outside the "Five-step" constitutional process, the Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong to the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.
Constitutional development has all along been an extremely controversial issue. After the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Issues Relating to the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by Universal Suffrage and on the Method for Forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Year 2016 (Decision) was adopted on August 31, 2014, there are still quite divergent opinions in the Hong Kong community regarding how to implement universal suffrage for the Chief Execution election in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Basic Law. There were suggestions that the HKSAR Government could reflect to the Central Authorities the opinions of different sectors of the community since the end of August last year regarding the Decision as well as constitutional development in future.
The Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong reflects truthfully the events related to constitutional development, as well as the opinions and aspirations expressed by different sectors of the community from August 31 to December 15 last year in Hong Kong. The Report covers relevant events and views obtained from public sources to the best of the Government's knowledge. It includes:
(a) events related to constitutional development during the report period;
(b) relevant statements made by various groups; and
(c) relevant opinion polls conducted by various organisations.
Members of the public can view the Report on the website www.2017.gov.hk.
Ends/Tuesday, January 6, 2015