Announcement of CE Election Public Forum Organized by Cross-Sector EC MembersToday, I represented the IT sub-sector in a press conference held with the representatives from seven other sub-sectors, and together we, about 100 Election Committee members, declared that we will co-organize a public forum for the Chief Executive candidates on March 7, 2007. The candidates who are expected to receive formal nominations, Donald Tsang and Alan Leong, will be invited.
The sub-sectors involved so far include: Accountancy; Architectural, Surveying and Planning; Education; Engineering, Higher Education; Information Technology; Legal; and Social Welfare. The forum, and the Preparatory Working Group for the forum, will be set up and operated in a totally non-partisan, neutral, fair and open basis. All members of the Election Committee are being invited to join our preparation as well as the forum itself.
We hope that the forum will be an opportunity for the general public to participate in the CE election. We anticipate that the forum will be carried to our citizens by various electronic media. As we saw a clear mandate from the voters on December 10, 2006, for a competitive CE election, and a forum like this will enhance the level of accountability and openness of the CE election, I strongly believe that it is consistent with our mandate to make the election more competitive.
We will shortly set up a mechanism for citizen participation, including getting tickets for the forum, as well as posting questions to the candidates ahead of time. The forum is tentatively set on March 7, 2007, in the Academic Community Hall of the Hong Kong Baptist University.