Xi Jinping Signs Decrees to Amend Hong Kong’s Electoral System

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Details of the reform have not yet been provided
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC, parliament) on Tuesday voted in support of the Hong Kong electoral reform project. As Xinhua news agency reported, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed relevant decrees amending Appendices I and II of the Basic Law of this special administrative region of the PRC.

On the morning of March 30, the 27th meeting of the 13th NPC Standing Committee was closed at the People’s Assembly House in Beijing. Members of the NPC Standing Committee voted in favor of amendments to Annex I (“Procedure for the Election of the Head of Administration of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”) and Annex II (“Procedure for the Election of Members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council”) of the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Chinese President Xi Jinping signed decrees to make these amendments public, the agency said. Details of the reform have not yet been released and are expected to be released at a later date.

The resolution on the development of a bill to reform the electoral system of Hong Kong was approved on March 11 at the annual session of the NPC. The preparation of specific details of the document was carried out on March 29 and 30 by the Standing Committee of this highest legislative body.

The Beijing-initiated reform aims to ensure that Hong Kong is ruled by patriots. It is intended to close the loophole for the penetration of “anti-Chinese elements” into the system of government of this special administrative region of the PRC after the adoption of the law on the protection of national security last summer. up to 1,500. This body will now not only vote for the head of the Hong Kong administration but also ensure the election of a significant part of the members of the Legislative Council. At the same time, control over the admission of all candidates will be strengthened, and the deputy corps will increase from 70 to 90 people.

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At the same time, according to sources, the number of seats in the Legislative Council for deputies elected by direct voting in territorial districts will be noticeably reduced. It was also decided to create a special credentials commission, which will be responsible for checking the qualifications of all candidates in the elections.