This is how we choose the most powerful politician in Hong Kong.
How it will go down
The ultimate rejection of political reform of the selection method for the CE means the coming CE election will use the same electoral mechanism used in 2012. Once again, our CE will be selected by the 1200-member Election Committee (EC), composed of four 300-member sectors comprised by 38 subsectors in total. From now on until March next year, Harbour Times (HT) will publish a feature series for all 38 subsectors, analysing the dynamics of each subsector, count votes and track the people and processes that will see 1,200 voters select our next Chief Executive.
THE 2017 CE ELECTION ELECTORAL SYSTEM: Been there, done that
The next (maybe current) CE is elected by the EC, the electoral college comprising four 300-member sectors. A new EC will be formed on 11 December (1,044 members elected from 35 subsectors, 60 members nominated by Religious subsector and 96 ex-officio members).
From the beginning of February next year, the new five-year term EC commences and theoretically starts nominating CE candidates. Those who win at least one-eighth of nominations (i.e. 150 nominations) are allowed to run for election, which means 8 candidates at most (one nomination per EC member only).
In the first round, the candidate who wins 601 votes or more will be elected. If no candidates reach 601 or more, a second round of simple-majority voting will be held the same day after eliminating the candidates with the least votes. If the second round does not see the election of a simple-majority winner, then the election is null and void. Nominations will re-open and another election will be held in six weeks time..
The four sectors: Biz, Pros, Misc and Autos
The Four Sectors of 300 seats are:
First – Business
The Business Sector is composed 17 subsectors from traditional and modern industries. All the subsectors are pro-Beijing.
Second – Professionals
The Professionals Sector includes 10 subsectors of various kinds of professional practitioners. Nearly half of the subsectors are in pan-democratic camp.
Third – Miscellaneous
It is the Miscellaneous Sector includes 5 subsectors from agriculture, labour, social services, religious and cultural industries. Most of them are pro-Beijing, except social services which belongs to pan-dem.
Fourth – Automatic
It is the sector comprising members from HK & China legislative and consultative bodies, and the Heung Yee Kuk. It comprises 6 subsectors in total, and includes m ex-officio EC members. The pro-Beijing camp dominates this sector.
These allegiances are malleable and can change. For example, the pro-Beijing camp is building its power in the Second Sector, especially the Information Technology subsector,the legal subsector and the accountancy subsector. The pan-dems are going to face stiff competition to maintain their dominance of these sectors in the EC subsectors.