Civic Party Declaration on Universal Suffrage
The Civic Party declares its new plan to fight for Universal Suffrage:
1. The democracy movement is now at a critical juncture The Civic Party now calls for united actions to fight for a roadmap which will give Hong Kong people genuine universal suffrage in 2017 and 2020.
2. Genuine universal suffrage means that, for the Chief Executive election, there must be no “pre-election” or “screening” of candidates in the nominating procedures.
3. For Legislative Council elections, genuine universal suffrage means the abolition of all the Functional Constituencies.
4. If the Central Government declares and commits itself to the implementation of genuine universal suffrage principles in 2017 and 2020, and a roadmap to reach this goal is put forward by Chief Executive Donald Tsang in his upcoming political reform consultation, Civic Party is prepared to discuss all reasonable models for 2012 elections as transitional arrangement.
5. If no roadmap is provided, then the Civic Party will set in train a “3-Stage Fight Plan for Universal Suffrage”, and invite fellow pan-democrats to stand together.
Civic Party “3-Stage Fight Plan for Universal Suffrage”
Stage One – Negotiation
Unite Pan-democrats to demanding that Chief Executive Donald Tsang give Hong Kong people a roadmap for genuine universal suffrage. The Civic Party would publish its proposal on 9 September in order to engage the Government at this stage.
Stage Two – By-elections
If Donald Tsang fails to produce a roadmap, the Civic Party will join effort with other democrats to promote a popular vote against the Government’s 2012 package, by forcing by elections resulting from the resignation of 5 GC Legislators.
We propose for further discussion the following list of 5 pan-democratic candidates who will tender their resignation:
HKI: Tanya Chan
KLE: Alan Leong
KLW: Frederick Fung
NTE: Leung Kwok Hung
NTW: Lee Wing-tat
We suggest the following slogans for the by-election campaign:
– Fight for Roadmap
– Veto Fake Democratic Package
– Vote for Tanya Chan/Alan Leong/Frederick Fung/Long Hair/Lee Wing-tat
Stage Three – Resignation of all pan-democratic legislators
Following the by-elections, democrats will give Donald Tsang 12 months to produce a roadmap for universal suffrage. If he still fails to do so, all 23 pan-democratic legislators will resign en mass in protest and demand Donald Tsang’s resignation for failing to act in accordance with his campaign pledges during the 2007 Chief Executive election.
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