Sunday, December 11, 2016

Election - Hong Kong Style

I went to vote in the election this morning.  Not for representatives for the legislature.  Not for the chief executive. Merely for the electors who will elect the chief executive.  And there will only be 1,200 of them, that is 0.017% of the approximately 7,000,000 people in Hong Kong, who can vote for the chief executive.  Even if we consider the ~230,000 people who can vote for the electors as having the right to vote for the chief executive indirectly, that is only 3.3% of the population. And we all know how unevenly are the so called functional constituencies distributed.  On top of that, the candidates who can stand for election for chief executive are tightly screened by the central government in Beijing.  

Such is the election, Hong Kong style.  Beijing has put in multiple layers of barriers to ensure that they retain the ultimate control in Hong Kong.   By ensuring that only people whom they approve of can be in power in Hong Kong.  Despite how incompetent and corrupt those people are.  This is really depressing.  


YTSL said...

I'm glad you got to vote today even if the likes of me don't. I'm also glad that you went ahead and exercised your vote even while finding the whole Beijing-stacked system and situation depressing. Better to keep at it than just give up. At the very least, you know you did something rather than nothing.

StephenC said...

Agreed. Totally.