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Welcome Message

Mr Raymond TAM - Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
Mr Raymond TAM
Secretary for Constitutional
and Mainland Affairs

Welcome to this website.

The Basic Law provides that the ultimate aim is to elect the Chief Executive ("CE") and Legislative Council ("LegCo") by universal suffrage, in the light of the actual situation of Hong Kong and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress.

The decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of 2007 has made clear the universal suffrage timetable: Hong Kong may implement universal suffrage for the CE in 2017 and for the LegCo in 2020.

The HKSAR Government issued the Consultation Document on the Methods for Selecting the CE and for Forming the LegCo in 2012 ("Consultation Document") on 18 November 2009 to consult the public on the two electoral methods in 2012. The public consultation concluded on 19 February 2010. During the public consultation period, we consulted the community widely and systematically through a variety of channels.

Public opinion is crystal clear -- Hong Kong's constitutional development should be rolled forward in 2012 and no stalemate should be allowed. This can pave the way for implementing universal suffrage in 2017 and 2020.

To implement universal suffrage, having considered fully the views of the public, different sectors of the community and the LegCo put forth during the three-month public consultation, the HKSAR Government has formulated a package of proposals for the methods for selecting the CE and for forming the LegCo in 2012.

The proposed package put forth by the HKSAR Government can enhance the democratic elements of the two electoral methods for 2012 through the participation of elected District Council members who have a broad electorate base. This also stands the best possible chance of being accepted by the majority of the public, the LegCo, the CE and the Central Authorities, and can allow Hong Kong's constitutional development to be rolled forward. If the proposed package for the 2012 elections can be supported by the public and the LegCo, it can roll forward democratic development for Hong Kong and pave the way for determining the universal suffrage models for 2017 and 2020 in future.

Copies of the proposed package are available at the District Offices. The proposed package has also been uploaded onto this website.



Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs