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Petition Letter Writing Campaign to
Call for Immediate Legislative Action to
Abolish the District Councils Appointment System

On 23 November 2003, more than a million voters cast their votes to elect over 300 District Councillors.  Regardless of these democratic elections, armed with the District Councils Ordinance, the Chief Executive on his own may appoint up to 102 members to the District Councils, likening the number of ballots possibly cast by hundreds of thousands of voters. The absurdity of the appointment system is only too blatant.

The Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor urges the public to write to Mr. TUNG Chi-hwa, Chief Executive of HKSAR; Mr. Stephen LAM, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs; Dr. Patrick HO, Secretary for Home Affairs; the Hon. IP Kwok-him, Chairman; the Hon. MA Fung-kwok, Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council Panel on Home Affairs; the Hon. WONG Wang-fat, Chairman and the Hon. Emily LAU Deputy Chairman of the LegCo Constitutional Affairs Panel for immediate legislative actions to abolish the District Councils Appointment System and embark on substantive constitutional reform. (Please refers to Human Rights Monitor’s press release on “Stop Wrecking Elected Representation” for more details.)

You may wish to express your views by calling respective individuals or by sending them a letter by email, fax or post. Please see contact list below. The Monitor has also prepared a sample letter and you are welcome to either copy or amend it for use.

(Sample Letter)

Mr. TUNG Chi-hwa / Mr. Stephen LAM / Dr. Patrick HO / The Hon. IP Kwok-him /
The Hon. MA Fung-kwok / The Hon. WONG Wang-fat / The Hon. Emily LAU (Please delete as appropriate),

Call for Immediate Legislative Action to
Abolish the District Councils Appointment System

I write to call upon the government for immediate legislative action to abolish the District Councils appointment system, and for the implementation of substantive democratic reforms.

In the District Councils elections on 23 November 2003, a million voters turned up to elect over 300 council members as their representatives.  However, Mr. Tung Chi-hwa, the Chief Executive, alone can appoint up to 102 District Councillors.  This shows the appointment system can hardly be just and fair. It is a mockery of the basic principles for democracy.  In fact, the appointment of as few as one single member to the District Council suffices to distort the elected representation. The only proper thing to do is for the Chief Executive not to exercise the power of appointment at all.

According to the findings of the Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong, released on 25 November, only 17% of the respondents expressed their vote of confidence in Mr. Tung and only 13% were satisfied with the HKSAR Government at the beginning of October.  If the Government again fails to listen to reason and address the public’s wish to abolish the District Councils Appointment System, it will only deepen non-cooperation from the public.  Unless the Government accepts that the District Councils must reflect the will of the people who have voted for them, it will wreck the working of the Councils and ultimately damage their authority as well as damaging Hong Kong.

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Useful Contacts

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Chief Executive’s Office
Email:ceo@ceo.gov.hk
Fax:2509 0577
Phone:2878 3300
Address:5/F, Main Wing, Central Government Offices, Lower Albert Road, Hong Kong

Mr. Stephen LAM, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs
Email: cabenq@cab.gov.hk
Fax: 2840 1528
Phone: 2810 2988
Address: 3rd floor, Main and East Wing, Central Government Offices

Dr. Patrick HO, Secretary for Home Affairs
Email:hab1@hab.gov.hk
Fax:2840 1902
Phone:2810 2528
Address:8/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 11 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

The Hon. IP Kwok-him, Chairman, LegCo Home Affairs Panel
Email:ipkh@dab.org.hk
Fax:2537 6659
Phone:2537 2484
Address:Room 523G, West Wing, Central Government Offices, Hong Kong

The Hon. MA Fung-kwok, Deputy Chairman, LegCo Home Affairs Panel
Email:fkmacgo@netvigator.com
Fax:2736 2026
Phone:2736 6801
Address:Room 303, West Wing, Central Government Offices, Hong Kong

The Hon. WONG Wang-fat, Chairman, LegCo Constitutional Affairs Panel
Email: wfwong@hkstar.com
Fax: 2606 5721
Phone: 2699 7699
Address: Suite E, 1/F, Tai On House, 43 Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai, Shatin, New Territories

The Hon LAU Wai-hing, Deputy Chairman, LegCo Constitutional Affairs Panel
Email: elau@hknet.com
Fax: 2332 1893
Phone: 2509 0393
Address: Room 602, Citibank Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central Hong Kong