Hong Kong's virtual vote

Hong Kong's virtual vote

Citizens usher in the New Year with a poll for universal suffrage.


Voters cast their votes for a "Civil Referendum" to give their views on how their leader should be elected in 2017 at a polling station set up by Occupy Central organizers in Hong Kong Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP/ KIN CHEUNG) 

Tens of thousands of citizens in Hong Kong participated in a New Year's Day civil referendum which showed overwhelming public support for greater democracy ahead of the city's 2017 election. According to organisers with the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong, more than 60,000 people voted in person, via mobile phone and online
 
Results from the vote found that the majority polled wanted to improve public representation within the current system of candidate nominations for the city's leader or Chief Executive. More than 90 per cent of voters said the nomination process should include an element of civic nomination. More than 90 per cent also said there should be no pre-screening mechanism in the Chief Executive nomination process.