The electoral committee, which elects Hong Kong's heads of administration, will also participate in the nomination of all candidates to the local parliament, according to the announcements made on Friday of drastic changes that will tighten Beijing's power over Hong Kong.
Vice-president of the All-China People's Congress (OZPL), Wang Chen, said 3,000. delegates from all over the country gathered in Beijing that the project envisages increasing powers and changing the size of the Hong Kong committee, as well as the method of electing its members.
Following the changes, the electors' committee is to "directly participate" in the nomination of all candidates to the Legislative Council. It is also supposed to elect "a relatively large proportion" of MPs on its own, reported the public Hong Kong station RTHK.
Wang said changes are needed to ensure Hong Kong is ruled exclusively by "patriots". In recent years, "clear gaps" have emerged in the Hong Kong system that have allowed "anti-Chinese destabilizing elements" to undermine China's sovereignty, security and interests, he said.
Soon after Wang's speech, the announcement of the changes was supported by Carrie Lam, the head of the administration of Hong Kong, loyal to Beijing. According to the sources of the South China Morning Post, the election to the Legislative Council may be postponed again due to the reform. Last year, authorities postponed them, explaining this with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the coming days, the draft changes in Hong Kong will be dealt with by the NPC delegates who have arrived in Beijing for the body's annual plenary meeting, which began on Friday. The PCU, referred to as the Chinese parliament, according to experts, has a façade function, formally approving decisions taken behind the scenes by the leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China (CCP).
Hong Kong and Western media previously reported plans to "drastically change" the Hong Kong electoral system, which would cause an "earthquake" on the city's political scene. According to the Democrats, Beijing is consistently tightening its power over the former British colony, which is gradually becoming similar to mainland China.
Andrzej Borowiak from Canton (PAP)