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Woo Kwok-hing focuses on Article 22

2017-02-05 HKT 13:53
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Chief Executive contender, Woo Kwok-hing, has proposed new legislation to bar mainland authorities from interfering into local affairs.

In the updated version of his election platform, Woo Kwok-hing says if elected, he will implement Article 22 of the Basic Law, which states that no mainland body can interfere in local affairs which are administered by the SAR government on its own.

The retired judge said this will restore public confidence in Hong Kong's high level of autonomy, at a time of rising concerns over alleged mainland meddling; and worries about the erosion of the One Country, Two Systems principle.

On political reform, Woo said it is important to explore ways to expand the electoral base of the Election Committee that selects the Chief Executive.

He said he would set up a cross-party platform to discuss the various options, such as proposals to replace corporate votes with individual votes, or whether to increase the number of sub-sectors in the committee to make it more representative.

The 71-year-old added that there's a need to carefully consider whether to carry on with the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment, which has later been renamed as the Basic Competencies Assessment, for primary three and primary six students.

He said the assessment creates a great deal of pressure on students, parents and teachers, and it is not appropriate for the government to insist on keeping it.

Last updated: 2017-02-05 HKT 15:53