Public opinion: government and supporters are to blame if political reform package vetoed OCLP: let government lift barrier for genuine elections

[ OCLP Statement 27 Sep 2014 ]

Public opinion: government and supporters are to blame if political reform package vetoed

OCLP: let government lift barrier for genuine elections

 

The latest survey by the HKU Public Opinion Programme indicates that 40% plus of those interviewed opposed the NPC Standing Committee's decision on universal suffrage. This is 9 - 17% higher than those in favour. And, in a random deliberation poll, the results show 64% of respondents of the view that the Central and SAR governments and the legislators and members of the public who support them should be blamed should the measure fail to pass the legislature.

 

The OCLP appeals to the authorities to take heed of public opinion, and come up with a reform package which is truly fair and equal. History will not be kind to those who fail to measure up at this crucial hour.

 

On August 31, the NPC Standing Committee promulgated a package of measures on the election of the Chief Executive. The decision deliberately seeks to screen out potential candidates undesirable to Beijing. This is against the principle of fairness and justice and a violation of accepted international standards. The HKU poll was conducted between August 19th and 24th, consisting of over 1000 random telephone interviews. The findings show a support rate of 30% as a matter of personal preference, and of 35% as a matter of overall societal interest. On the other hand, those against amount to 47% and 44% respectively. It is clear that the no vote far out paces the yes vote, however one looks at it. This is especially obvious among young people, with 59% against. 

 

The Public Opinion Programme conducted a further exercise on 27th. By random sampling, 100 members of the public were invited to a Radio Television Hong Kong deliberation show. There, the no vote was even higher, reaching 55%. On the apportionment of responsibility should the measure fail to win passage at the Legislative Council, 33% believed the Central Government is most to blame, with 25% pointing the figure at the SAR Government. Overall, 64% attributed responsibility to the two authorities and their supporters in the legislature and in the community. Only 28% cast blame on those opposed.  

 

OCLP wishes to point out that public opinion is clearly opposed to the NPCSC "pre-screened out" measures. We appeal to the SAR Government to heed the will of the people, communicate the truth of the situation to the Central Government, and urge the NPC to repeal the decisions made. Hong Kong deserves fair and just elections. History will not speak kindly of those who betray the people's cause. OCLP feels obligated to warn legislators that should they betray the people and continue to give support to the NPC 'pre-screened out' measures, they will soon find themselves cast out and rejected.