An Indian jurist’s proposal derived from a Supreme Court ruling could play a key role in building consensus on Hong Kong’s political reforms
There are deep divisions in Hong Kong’s political class, which have surfaced prominently, during the course of student protests.
Student protests had, for months, rocked the territory’s Central Business District.
But the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post (SCMP) is reporting that the popular mood in Hong Kong maybe slowly changing.
Shifting from the earlier maximalist demand for the abolishment of Nominating Committee supposedly a cabal of pro-Beijing functionaries who are to pick candidates eligible to stand for Hong Kong’s 2017 election’s for the Chief Executive, there could now be more room for a functional compromise with the opposition.
Taking the cue from Supreme Court ruling on the case People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) v Union of India (2013) , Mr. Dam wrote in the Jurist magazine, that without the abrogation of the “pre-selection” provision of eligible candidates by the nominating committee, the Hong Kong electorate must be given the None of the Above (NOTA) option, when they vote for the Chief Executive’s post.
This would give the voters a choice of rejecting all the candidates in the fray.
Mr. Dam explained that he had made one major modification to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In India, the Court clarified that even if NOTA gets the majority of votes in a constituency, it will have no effect.
The candidate with the second highest vote would be declared the winner.
Mr. Dam’s proposal could be making a dent in Beijing’s power elite, mainly because the idea has been picked up and further tweaked by Albert Chen Hung-yee, an influential legal expert trusted by Beijing.