The National People’s Assembly of China enacted this Tuesday the Hong Kong electoral reform law, which aims to reduce the number of seats for deputies elected by the population and strengthen the presence of pro-Beijing candidates on the Legislative Council.
According to the Global Times, quoted by Public, a spokesman for the Minister for Foreign Affairs said that the reform reflects Hong Kong’s “patriotic” governance principles. For the Chinese authorities, this reorganization aims to correct “gaps” that threaten national security, ensuring that only “patriots” rule the territory.
“I believe that by improving the electoral system and implementing a ‘patriotic administration in Hong Kong’, the excessive politicization and internal divisions that divided Hong Kong can be mitigated,” Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said at a press conference.
The Legislative Council is made up of 70 members, with half elected directly by the people and the other by groups close to Beijing. With the reform, the number increases to 90, with 20 to be elected by the population, 40 selected by a committee loyal to the Chinese Communist Party and the rest by economic and political interest groups.
In turn, seats in six districts will cease to exist on the electoral commission, with the number of members going from 1200 to 1500.
O Global Times he stressed that the central government took less than 20 days from the approval to the formalization of the reform, which is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Taísa Pagno //