Hong Kong to vote for electoral reforms

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Hong Kong is preparing for a crucial vote on election reform. The special administrative region’s legislative council will debate a reform package that will give as many as five million people a more direct say in who will become the city’s next chief executive.

Hong Kong to vote for electoral reforms

Hong Kong is preparing for a crucial vote on election reform. The special administrative region's legislative council will debate a reform package that will give as many as five million people a more direct say in who will become the city's next chief executive.

After the debate, 70 regional lawmakers will vote on the package. CCTV’s Zhu Dan filed this report from Hong Kong.

More details:

  • Passage of the political reform package will require a two-thirds majority of the council’s 70 lawmakers.
  • Protesters say the reforms don’t go far enough, because a Hong Kong electoral committee will still select who will be on the ballot.
  • Those who support the reforms say a failure to pass them could provoke more illegal protests that will make Hong Kong’s economy less competitive.