The massive turnout on July 1st this year has already sent a clear message that the government should withdraw the bill to scrap by-elections.
The government’s consultation paper today put up four options. The second option was the same as that already rejected by the people in the 1st July rally and its constitutionality was questioned by The Hong Kong Bar Association. The other three options had all been discussed and considered during the Bills Committee, and have not been accepted due to serious questions as to their legality and compliance with the Basic Law There were earlier media reports said that The Chief Executive has stressed to one pro-establishment legislator, that if by-elections were only held in case of vacancies due to natural causes such as death, (i.e. third-option) the risk of judicial review would be even higher. So far, the government has refused to produce any legal opinion to ensure the constitutionality of these other options.
The Civic Party urges the government to withdraw the replacement-mechanism proposals, and protect by-election rights. We will launch district promotion campaigns to call on the people to safeguard the status-quo, and to avoid being misled by the government.