Written by: Commentary Editor
2019-11-23 12:00Last updated: 2019-11-23 12:00
The outbreak of the anti-reforms has been in conflict, and the bad behaviors of attacking political figures and ruining party offices have occurred one after another. All parties are worried that the district board elections held on Sunday (24th) will be frequent. However, instead of worrying about it, it is better to do their part and the government guarantees election compliance. Voters should also vote actively to support the reform of the community and the candidates for district administration. If a candidate supports the use of violence to resolve a dispute, the voter must use a ticket to prevent him from being elected. For Hong Kong to move forward again, institutional reform is indispensable, and District Councils are the way out.
Violence cannot solve the problem of people's livelihood
The society must recognize that when the violence is ended, the District Council can play its role and benefit the people for two reasons. First, the district board's business is to benefit the people, solve regional problems, allocate government funding, and collect and reflect public opinion to the government. The district boards can operate smoothly. The districts where the public complains for years can be dealt with in an orderly manner. The parliament must operate smoothly and the elections must be held smoothly. On the contrary, endless street and violent incidents against politicians will only undermine elections and parliaments, and will not help increase regional well-being.
The local council's business is to benefit the people, solve regional problems, allocate government funding, and collect and reflect public opinion to the government. (Photo picture / Luo Junhao photo)
Second, the people of Hong Kong are eager to promote the reform of Hong Kong in this District Council election. The turmoil of the amendments not only encourages people to stand for election, but also automatically elects them to become swan songs, and reminds them of a large number of newly registered voters. It should be noted that voters' demands on district board members are high and cannot be satisfied with the simple political stance and action announcements of district board members. In 2003, many members of the Pan-People's grievances won the election in the district board elections. Since then, due to lack of political achievements, the establishment of the system has turned over four years later. Today, the electorate requires both district board members to distinguish between right and wrong and to demand solid achievements. Violent acts of the troublemakers may confuse their peers and supporters, but they will not be recognized by the public in the long run. They will also hinder the change and make the society idling.
Therefore, it is hard to be convinced that those who support and condone violent conflicts are interested in building areas and benefiting the region.
To end the violent election, we must be fair.
Of course, the district election must be held smoothly. The election process must be fair and open. Candidates and voters can be free from intimidation and obstruction to run for election and vote. The election is fierce in this election. I believe that there will be no fewer disputes on ticketing and canvassing. The police, the election committee and the campaign team must deal with it as quickly as possible and avoid becoming a fight.
The EAC must repeatedly ensure that the voting process is fair, including the impartiality of the polling staff and the complete record of voting votes. (data picture)
What is even more worrying is that in the event of fraud, it is hard to convince the election results and lead to even greater disputes. In the 2011 and 2015 two-time district elections, the "hands-on thunder" and the seed-selling scandals were inexhaustible. The latter even broke the bribery election. Some people were tempted to elect the local political group to be elected as "the ticket" and finally sentenced to jail. In the past, Hong Kong people also relied on law enforcement agencies and courts to correct fraudulent practices, and then re-election to quell controversy. However, the current social incitement and low trust in government departments, the scandal will be kicked out in election days or after, the anger will definitely be more Urgent and heavier.
In this regard, the EAC must repeatedly ensure that the voting process is fair, including the impartiality of the polling staff and the complete record of voting votes. The Hong Kong society is riddled with urgency, but violence is by no means a way out. Violence can neither deal with countless urgent regional problems, but also breed more violence and further undermine social order. Hong Kong people often say that elections are not easy. To participate actively, Hong Kong will hold a fair and transparent District Council election. Voters will show their views through votes. District Councillors will perform their duties and urge the Government to improve people's livelihood.
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