Hong Kong election plan would add seats for religious representatives
December 30, 2010
The government of Hong Kong has announced plans to increase the number of religious representatives of a commission that will choose the chief executive of the Chinese territory in 2012.
The Election Committee is composed of 800 members; the new government plan would increase that number to 1,200. The new plan also provides for increasing the number of designated representatives of Hong Kong’s religious communities: Confucian, Catholic, Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, and Protestant. Each would have 10 seats on the commission under the proposed plan.
Catholic Church representatives have been lukewarm regarding the plan, noting that it remains far from a fully democratic system of election.