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NPC says decision on HK universal suffrage to stand despite veto

Updated: 06 19 , 2015 09:25
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NPC says decision on HK universal suffrage to stand despite veto

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 June 17, 2015. Roy Liu / China Daily

BEIJING - Chinese top legislature on Thursday said its decision on Hong Kong's electoral reforms last August will remain in force in the future, despite Hong Kong Legislative Council's veto of the universal suffrage motion.

Hong Kong legislators on Thursday rejected an electoral reform plan for selecting the region's next chief executive in 2017.

After a nine-hour debate which started on Wednesday, 28 lawmakers among the 37 present voted against the motion while eight voted in favor.

Many lawmakers left the chamber of the legislature building before the vote.

According to a decision by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the motion needs to be endorsed by at least two-thirds of all the 70 lawmakers, or 47 votes, in the Legislative Council.

The motion proposed that candidates for the role of chief executive will be vetted by a 1,200-strong committee made up of representatives from different economic, political and social sectors who may support multiple candidates and will recommend and nominate two or three candidates.

Candidates who secure support from at least half the nominating committee will then face the city's registered voters.