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Hong Kong lawmakers veto electoral proposal

Updated: 06 18 , 2015 16:09
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Lawmakers still divided over reform

Citizens carry placards and shout slogans outside the Legislative Council headquarters in Admiralty district to support the Hong Kong government's electoral reform package on Wednesday. Roy Liu / China Daily

Hong Kong's Legislative Council moved closer on Wednesday to a vote on the city's electoral reform plan.

Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide stood firm on their position during the first day of the reform motion reading.

The Hong Kong government moved a motion to overhaul the method to select the city's next chief executive, prescribed in an annex of the Basic Law.

The motion was moved 20 months after the creation of a special task force to run the electoral reform process.

More than 3 million registered voters in the city will be able to elect the next chief executive by "one person, one vote" next year if more than 46 lawmakers out of the total of 70 vote for the motion.

But 27 opposition members and Leung Kalau, an independent lawmaker representing doctors, vowed earlier to veto the proposal.

Senior local officials made a last-minute pitch in the council chamber on Wednesday before the deliberations began, with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor stressing that the electoral overhaul plan is the best possible option.