Beijing hails “advance in the quality of democracy” in Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions calls on residents to vote in the 2021 Election Commission sub-sector ordinary elections in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, South China on September 19, 2021. / CFP

The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions calls on residents to vote in the 2021 Election Commission sub-sector ordinary elections in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, South China on September 19, 2021. / CFP

A spokesperson for the Chinese central government on Monday praised the “advancement of the quality of democracy” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), commenting on the 2021 Election Commission sub-sector ordinary elections in the Hong Kong SAR.

Sunday’s elections were the first key elections held in Hong Kong following the implementation of the Safeguarding National Security Act in the Hong Kong SAR in 2020 and improvements to the Hong Kong SAR electoral system earlier. this year, said a spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Bureau of State Council said in a statement.

The election was a vivid example of the full implementation of the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” and conducive to the long-term stability of the city, the improvement of the well-being of the local population and the consistent practice of “one country, two systems” in the long run, the spokesperson said.

With an increase in membership from 1,200 to 1,500 and improved composition and training method, the Election Committee now has broader coverage and representation. It features a more balanced participation of different sectors of society, which represents progress in the quality of democracy in Hong Kong, the spokesperson said.

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Most of those selected are from elementary-level and youth communities, the spokesperson continued, adding that they represent the general interests of Hong Kong society and national interests.

The spokesperson said the developments would lay a solid foundation for the successful holding of the upcoming Legislative Council elections and the election of the chief executive.

The new electoral system has proven to be a strong system that matches the reality of Hong Kong, stimulates the healthy development of democracy in Hong Kong, and protects national sovereignty, security and development interests, the spokesperson said. word.

With the full implementation of the new electoral system, democracy in Hong Kong SAR will progress on a healthy and orderly path, and the efficiency of governance will be constantly improved. Meanwhile, the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong for a better life will come true step by step, the spokesperson added.

“A major step in the democratic development of Hong Kong”

The Hong Kong SAR Central People’s Government Liaison Office said on Monday that the successful holding of the elections marked a major milestone in Hong Kong’s democratic development with its own characteristics.

The candidates presented their electoral programs to reflect the demands of their industries, solve economic and livelihood issues, promote social progress and the integration of Hong Kong into national development, and had extensive exchanges and interactions with the great public, the office said, adding that they take responsibility for speaking on behalf of voters and making suggestions for Hong Kong.

The newly elected members of the electoral committee come from all walks of life in Hong Kong and are broadly representative, reflecting the benefit of balanced participation in the new electoral system, the office said.

The new members include Hong Kong SAR deputies to the National People’s Congress, Hong Kong SAR members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and members of the Hong Kong SAR Legislative Council. Academics, university presidents, business leaders, professionals, and ordinary laborers, such as fishermen, farmers, drivers, tour guides, and workers are also included.

Representatives of members of area committees, district fire safety committees, district crime fighting committees, grassroots associations, small and medium-sized enterprises and Hong Kong residents’ associations on the mainland were included for the first time in the electoral committee, which fully demonstrates that the new electoral system effectively represents the interests of all sectors of Hong Kong society while safeguarding the interests of the country and the general interests of Hong Kong, said office.

The bureau said it hopes Hong Kong sees the elections as a starting point to gradually get back on track.

(With contribution from Xinhua)


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