Chief Executive Election Civil Referendum 2017

Background Information

Activity:Chief Executive Election Civil Referendum 2017
Objectives:

Through the different activities of the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum” and all data collected from the project, Citizens United in Action aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. to provide a multi-dimensional reference for the public and the election committee,
  2. to construct a civil society by promoting civil participation,
  3. to demonstrate the electronic voting system.

(“2017 CE Election Civil Referendum” is organized by civil society organizations. It has no direct relationship with the official election of the Chief Executive and the results do not have any legal effect.)

Design:

Public Opinion Programme at The University of Hong Kong (POP) and Centre for Social Policy Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (CSPS) are commissioned by the “Citizens United in Action” (CUIA) to organize the “Chief Executive Election Civil Referendum 2017” (“2017 CE Election Civil Referendum”), which consists of the following two stages:

  1. Civil Nomination Stage:

    From 16 to 31 January 2017, any person can indicate his intention to be a civil candidate of the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum” by sending a “Letter of Intent” to POP by post. All persons who have completed the relevant registration procedures of being a civil candidate and all persons who have declared their intention to stand for the official 2017 CE election by 5pm of 4 February 2017, will be included in the civil nomination system of the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum”.

    From 7 to 22 February 2017, all citizens of Hong Kong aged 18 or above can nominate one person to be a Civil Candidate via mobile web app or PopVote website.

    Any person who receives 37,790 nominations or more will become an official Civil Candidate of the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum”. (Note: The total number of registered voters in Hong Kong is 3, 779, 085, and the requirement of 37,790 is 1% of the total number).

  2. Civil Referendum:

    All civil candidate(s) and official CE candidate(s) will be included in the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum”. The voting motions are as follow:

    i. Do you agree support or oppose Candidate A to be the next Chief Executive? (support / oppose / abstain)

    ii. Do you agree support or oppose Candidate B to be the next Chief Executive? (support / oppose / abstain)

    (so on and so forth)

The support votes of a candidate are positive votes and the oppose votes are negative votes. The votes of each candidate are the net votes he/she received by subtracting the negative votes from the positive votes. The winning candidate is the one who has the largest number of net votes and the number of support votes must be more than the negative votes and abstain votes added together. There is a possibility that there may be no winning candidate.

Another motion in the “2017 CE Election Civil Referendum” is as follow:

“Do you support or oppose the existing method of electing Chief Executive? (support / oppose / abstain)

Method of Civil Nomination:
  1. PopVote website and Telegram mobile app
Method of Civil Referendum:
  1. PopVote website and Telegram mobile app, or
  2. Physical polling stations
Website/mobile apps
Civil Nomination date & time:7 February 2017 (Tuesday) 10am to 28 February 2017 (Tuesday) 5pm
Civil Referendum date & time:10 March 2017 (Friday) 12nn to 19 March 2017 (Sunday) 8:30pm
Voter requirement:Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above
Verification information:Full HKID number of the voter and a mobile phone number which can receive SMS.
Polling stations *
Voting date & time:

1. 12 March 2017 (Sunday), 10:30am to 10:30pm

2. 19 March 2017 (Sunday), 10:30am to 10:30pm

Voting requirement:Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above
Verification information:HKID card
* About 3 polling stations located at Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories, details will be announced later.