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Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive

Simon N. M. Young and Richard Cullen


In 2007, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region held its first-ever contested election for Chief Executive, selected by 800 members of an Election Committee drawn from roughly 7% of the population. The outcome was a foregone conclusion, but the process allowed a pro-democracy legislator to obtain enough nominations to contest the election. The office of Chief Executive is as unique as the system used to fill the office, distinct from colonial governors and other leaders of Chinese provinces and municipalities. The head of the HKSAR enjoys greater autonomous powers, such as powers to nomin ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Chief Executive, Election Committee, HKSAR, legislative assemblies, Hong Kong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028399
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon N. M. Young, author

Richard Cullen, author

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End Matter

Table of Abbreviations

Appendix 1 Chronology of Key Events

Appendix 2 Number of Selection/Election Committee Seats 1996–2006

Appendix 3 Number of Election Committee Members by Subsector 1998–2006

Appendix 4 History and Description of Election Committee Subsectors

Appendix 5 Number of Registered Election Committee Individual and Corporate Electors 1998–2006

Appendix 6 Methods for Determining the 2006 Election Committee Electorate

Appendix 7 Individual, Corporate & Mixed Voting in the 2006 Election Committee Subsector Elections

Appendix 8 Proportion of Subsectors with Corporate, Individual & Mixed Voting in 2006 Election Committee Sectors

Appendix 9 Seats and Electorate Share by Subsector 2006

Appendix 10 Members of the 1996 Selection Committee

Appendix 11 Members of the 1998 Election Committee

Appendix 12 Members of the 2000 Election Committee

Appendix 13 Members of the 2006 Election Committee

Appendix 14 Gender & Age of 2006 Election Committee Members by Subsector

Appendix 15 Political Affiliation of 2006 Election Committee Members by Sector*

Appendix 16 Party Affiliation of 2000 and 2006 Election Committee Members

Appendix 17 Details of Election Committee Subsector Elections & By-Elections 2000–2006

Appendix 18 Details of 2000 and 2006 Election Committee Subsector Elections by Sector

Appendix 19 Details of 2000 and 2006 Election Committee Subsector Elections by Subsector Type

Appendix 20 Comparison of Voter Turnout Rates in FC and EC Elections 2000–2006

Appendix 21 Allocation of Seats According to Size of 2006 Subsectors