Carrie Lam, Laws, Legislature, Elections, Beijing, Hong Kong

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Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

Select Hong Kong residents are voting for members of the Election Committee that choose the city’s leaders. Sunday's vote was the first under reforms made to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty lead the city.

9/19/2021 8:11:00 AM

Select Hong Kong residents are voting for members of the Election Committee that choose the city’s leaders. Sunday's vote was the first under reforms made to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty lead the city.

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that choose the city's leader in polls Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam called “very meaningful” as the first under reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty.

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that choose the city’s leader in polls Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam called “very meaningful” as the first under reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty.

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The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers in the city’s legislature during elections in December, as well as elect the Hong Kong leader during polls in March next year.The nearly 4,900 voters representing different professions and industries who went to polls Sunday under a heavy police presence will choose among just 412 candidates for 364 seats in the 1,500-strong Election Committee. Other seats were uncontested or held by people chosen based on their titles.

“Today’s Election Committee elections are very meaningful as it is the first elections held after we have improved the electoral system to ensure that only patriots can take office,” Lam said.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s not yet known if Lam will seek reelection in March. She said the new Election Committee will be broadly representative as it included more grassroots organizations and associations that represent Hong Kongers who live and work in mainland China. headtopics.com

In May, the legislature amended Hong Kong’s electoral laws to ensure that only “patriots” – people who are loyal to China and the semi-autonomous territory – will rule the city. The committee also was expanded to 1,500 members, from 1,200, and the number of direct voters for committee seats was reduced from about 246,000 to less than 8,000.

The restructured electoral process ensures a vast majority of the Elections Committee will be largely pro-Beijing candidates, who are likely to choose a chief executive and nearly half of lawmakers who are aligned with the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Sunday’s vote was taking place at five polling stations heavily surrounded by police. Local newspaper South China Morning Post previously reported 6,000 police officers would be deployed to guard the polls, outnumbering the number of voters.Results are expected Sunday night.

Four activists from pro-democracy political party League of Social Democrats staged a small protest near the polling station in the Wan Chai neighborhood. They laid out banners criticizing the “small circle election” as having a pretense of representing public opinion. headtopics.com

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The same tactic used by the Nazis to maintain their power throughout the course of the 1930s and many modern dictator governments. No real elections in Hong Kong anymore. The last official one revealing the true will of Hong Kong people was the Election of District Councils in Nov 2019. “democracy” with ccp characteristics

It may be the most terrifying part of the Chinese Communist Party that it does not understand that such an election system is abnormal. Funny to see a small group of UNELECTED people define who are loyal to HongKongers. What is its logic? PPPonGo .... when less than 5000 people are eligible to vote in a city of 7.5M population.

CCP has in effect abolished elections in HongKong. All candidates r subject to vetting, those elected can be arbitrarily disqualified, elections can be called off n postponed indefinitely at CCP's discretion ...How can u call this farce election? StandWithHongKong No more Freedom and Democracy in HongKong now. HK is totally off and become the NewBerlin under the NationalSecurityLaw. OneCountryTwoSystemIsDead. HongKongers, even non-HKer not in HK is suffering in that law. StandWithHongKong FreeHongKong

Hong Kong people will not concern about the fake election stuff in the small circle. Just 0.06% of Hong Kong 7.5 million population can vote while candidates are ideologically vetted. The free world should not regard this as a normal election, but just a stage play for Beijing’s selection. China is horrible.

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ChinaCheats What a joke Voters choose nothing. The so-called results are already printed and approved by the criminal communists. China has broken every agreement made regarding Hong Kong's governance. The young people are resilient but Xi 'The Hatchet' Jinping will crush them. The Republican blueprint.

Another reason China should be nuked into oblivion. Just send all the republicunts there first You had me at 'select residents vote.' I would also highlight phrases such as 'heavy police presence,' 'only patriots,' and 'restructured electoral process.' Sounds eerily familiar out here in the USA, for some reason.

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Talk about 'rigged..' Sort of like voting for DNC delegates.

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