New Democracy Movement – the Second Wave
People’s Debate on Political Reform
Civic Party explains its stance on debate arrangements
Civic Party legislator Ms Audrey Eu has accepted the Chief Executive’s invitation last week for a live broadcast television debate on political reform. The Civic Party has set up a Working Group, headed by Vice-Chairman Albert Lai, to discuss the debate arrangements with the CE office. The Working Group will put forward the following proposals regarding the debate arrangements:
1. Debate Arrangement
Set up a multi-dimensional public participation mechanism, including live audience, and public questions submitted through internet and phone.
2. Free debate session
It is proposed that there be a free debate session where each participant is entitled to freely ask the other questions concerning political reform.
In order to allow the public to fully understand the arguments for and against the political reform package, it is proposed that the debate be held sooner rather than later. An optimum date would be June 6 evening.
It is proposed that the debate should be held at an appropriate venue in one of the universities.
It is proposed that Mr Ng Ming Lam, a veteran media host, would be invited to moderate the debate.
The Working Group shall seek to explain to the CE office public aspirations for the TV debate, so that the debate may be held under the principles of openness and fairness as soon as possible.